Blogs from Appalachian Sustainable Development

Grow Your Own

“It’s Like Christmas!”

Greetings from Abingdon, where it’s suddenly gotten hot and plants (and weeds) are starting to show signs of promised harvests to come.  We’ve concluded our spring series of workshops; 27 in all to get our Grow Your Own gardeners off and growing. It was a whorl-wind...

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Children in the Garden

Greetings from Abingdon! Whoa! Spring has arrived in a flurry of activity!  Workshops have been full, plants and seeds are being distributed, tools are getting used, and gardens are starting to grow!  We’ve had some real challenges this spring, which I‘ll get to in a...

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Sustainable Agriculture

Whole Farm Business Plan Challenge!

Are you or anyone you know interested in writing a business plan for your farm?  I know, business plan writing isn’t the most exciting farm task, but a vital chore if you desire a successful enterprise. Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) is hosting a Whole Farm...

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Women in Agriculture

Over the last thirty years, more women are reporting as principle operators of farms in the US according to the Census of Agriculture.  The Census of Ag is a great way to determine the market value of farm operations.  There is another dimension to the role of women...

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is a topic I have avoided for these articles.  There are some pretty strong feelings about the benefits and problems with GMOs.  A good friend of mine told me to write about GMOs and I didn’t like the idea, but a couple days later...

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Celebrating Our Rich Agriculture Heritage

Local food presents us with a powerful story, and some want to use this story without the effort of actually sourcing their products locally.  A recent article written by Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times made national news.  After an in depth, two-month...

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