FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/28/2017 Contact: Michelle Morgan, Grow Your Own and Learning Landscapes Program Manager (276-623-1121)


Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) looking for volunteers to help with “Great Seed Sort”

Abingdon, Virginia, 2/28/2017 – Appalachian Sustainable Development, a non-profit committed to transitioning Appalachia by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy food, needs volunteers on Friday, March 3 from 1pm-5pm at their office, in the conference room, at 1096 Ole Berry Road, Abingdon VA, 20210.

Volunteers of all ages and skill sets are needed to help prepare materials and supplies for the 2017
season of ASD’s Grow Your Own (GYO) program. Volunteers will help organize, weigh, repackage and label seeds for distribution to more than 50 Grow Your Own participants. Interested volunteers should email Michelle Morgan at: to sign up or to get additional information.

Grow Your Own is a food access program in partnership with Grow Appalachia, that provides families with the tools, seeds, plants, and education needed to start their own organic garden. Throughout the season, program participants attend required workshops at ASD’s teaching garden located next to the Abingdon Faith in Action Food Pantry, to learn about planning, planting and maintaining a garden. Participants receive an organic growing manual, cooking and canning classes, as well as season extension materials and education. Since 2014, program participants have grown more than 60,000 pounds of food. In 2016, market gardeners for the GYO program earned over $11,000.00 from their excess vegetable sales.

About Grow Your Own

ASD’s Grow your Own program is funded by Grow Appalachia, whose work seeks to solve pervasive food insecurity issues by restoring the relationship between the people and the land. ASD runs one of the over 30 Grow Appalachia sites in the Appalachian region. Grow Appalachia has supported thousands of gardens through hundreds of community partnerships in five states.

About Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
Appalachian Sustainable Development is dedicated to its mission to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people with healthy food. Since 1995, ASD has been serving northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. As ASD’s work continues, it will expand its focus to include regional partnerships that build important connections to increase market access and bring necessary resources to the rural communities in its physical footprint. ASD operates programs in sustainable agriculture and food access. For more information please visit, Facebook or Twitter.

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