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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...
Between late September and early November eighteen farmers participated in a Whole Farm Business Plan Challenge. The Challenge was offered by Appalachian Sustainable Development with support from the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition, BB&T, and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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) 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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