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Forest Farming Update

A training session for forest farmers was held August 26-28 in Johnson County, TN at the Cherokee Cove Campground. Participants were immersed in a number of topics, including an overview of forest botanicals and how they’re grown, the economics of forest farming and...

Health and Food

On October first last year, the Northeast TN Southwest VA Food Systems Connectivity Convening took place at Second Harvest Food Bank in Kingsport Tennessee.  More than a hundred people gathered from throughout the region to connect with each other about the ways they...

Team Teaching; Students with Special Needs

Greetings from Abingdon, VA! This is Michelle, and I’m happy to announce that it is cooling down and we have had some rain these past few weeks. Our fall brassicas are happy and the cover crop is beginning to sprout. Another beautiful thing about fall is that we are...

POWER Initiative

On August 24th, The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced a $38.8 million POWER investment to grow the economy in the nation’s...

Community Gardening with Kids

     Greetings from Abingdon and Appalachian Sustainable Development!  Deni here, reporting on three of our community gardens that have a concentration of children and young adults at the helm. Girls Inc. is an afterschool program located in Bristol VA that has been...

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...

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...

Hoop House Weed Help

Greetings from Abingdon VA! This is Michelle reporting for ASD’s Grow Your Own program: Happy late summer to our Grow Appalachia family! It was, “hot as blazes” as my dad says, this past July in Abingdon, VA. Needless to say, I’ve been hitting my garden chores in the...

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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