Join Us For These Upcoming Events!

Good Food For All Challenge To End Hunger

When: Now! 

How: Hit Donate today and your contribution will be matched up to 30% by “Friends of HFFF”

Healthy Families-Family Farms supports local farmers and provides FREE, fresh produce to families in need at the food pantry.

Full Event Details. Includes how to donate offline.

Virginia Market Ready Farm to Restaurant Workshop

When: March 23, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Wytheville Community College, Grayson Bldg-Room 219, 1000 E Main St Wytheville, VA 24382

Registration: $15 for event (includes lunch), ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK, Registration ends on 3.17.17

Market Ready is a program developed specifically for producers who would like to get started or expand current operations to sell direct to restaurants or retailers.

Full Event Details

A Short Introduction to Biodynamic Farming with Jeff Poppen, The Barefoot Farmer

An Introduction to Biodynamic Farming with Jeff

When: Saturday March 25th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: St. John’s Luteran Church (807 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210)
Food: FREE snacks & refreshments, courtesy of Blue Hills Market.
Registration: FREE event! Email Tamara below to register & any dietary needs.
Full Event Details, To learn more about the Barefoot Farmer, visit his website here

And A Farm Tour

When: Saturday March 25th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
After the introduction to biodynamic farming, join Jeff on a tour of a nearby farm. Jeff will talk about the intricacies and chemical processes of healthy soil. There will be full opportunity for interaction and to ask questions.
Location: Holston View Farm (30375 Windy Hill Rd. Damascus, VA)
Registration: FREE event! Email Tamara below.

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Food Safety Best Practices for Farmers Market Growers

When: March 29th,  9:00am to 3:30pm

Where: Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA

Registration: $25 for event (includes lunch, refreshments, all handouts). ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK. Full Event Details including online registration information. 

A hands-on workshop focusing on minimizing food safety risks from farm to consumer. A certificate of training and door prizes will be awarded at the end of the program. Program Agenda

Abingdon Earth Day Celebration

When: April 22, 9:00am to 1:00pm

Where: Fields-Penn House, Abingdon, VA

Generously underwritten by Blue Ridge Beverage Company          

FREE hands-on activities designed to inspire, encourage, and empower. Educational materials and informative literature will be offered.


Spring Garden Fair


When: April 30, 12:00pm to 5:00pm 

Where: Exchange Place Living History Farm, Kingsport TN

Generously underwritten by Citizen’s Bank          

Go back in time on this 19th century farmstead with ASD’s sustainable forestry staff. Learn how to identify regional native botanicals, understand their medicinal qualities and learn about opportunities to sustainably plant, grow, harvest and process them. Informative literature will be offered.


Women in Agriculture Farm Tours

When: May 7th

Where: Washington County, Virginia

A FREE beef cattle farm tour with Teresa Foglesong. For more information and to sign up for the event, email Tamara below. 


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Women in Agriculture Farm Tours

When: July 9th

Where: Scott County, Virginia

A FREE organic vegetable farm tour with Deana Haines. For more information and to sign up for the event, email Tamara below. 


Email Tamara

Ginseng and Forest Botanical Symposium

When: July 12th to July 14th

Where: Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, WV

Spearheaded by United Plant Savers & in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).   

This 3-day symposium will provide a forum to bring together a diverse array of stakeholders involved in the management and regulation of forest botanicals in Appalachia, including federal and state agencies, tribal representatives, academics, landowners, collectors, and the herbal products industry. The symposium will also include a poster session. Proceedings of the symposium will be published online on the United Plant Savers website. Detailed information is on the website.


Women in Agriculture Farm Tours

When: September 10th

Where: Smyth/Bland County, Virginia

A FREE stocker operation/former dairy farm tour with Patsy Waddle. For more information and to sign up for the event, email Tamara below. 


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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Children’s Day: Diggin’ in the Dirt

When: September 16, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Cumberland Park, Bristol, VA

Generously underwritten by Citizen’s Bank          

Be a part of ASD’s most popular FREE community outreach event. Since its inception in 2012, this event has touched the lives of thousands of children. Future gardeners and farmers will be all smiles during this “hands-on” experience. Young and old are always encouraged to “dig in the dirt” and experience the wonders of nature. Educational materials and informative literature will be offered.


Below are some highlights of our 2016 events.

In July of 2016, we held our annual farm to fork gala at the MeadowView conference and convention center in Kingsport, Tennessee.

In January of 2016, board member Theresa Burriss from Redford University ran a 50K for her 50th birthday to benefit Appalachian Sustainable Development.

The event was a huge success and Theresa raised money for every mile she ran and lump sum donations.

Thanks Theresa Burriss!!! This entire event was a DIY (Do It Yourself) Fundraiser.