Connecting small and medium scale produce farmers to large wholesale markets
Appalachian Harvest is ASD’s rural food hub that first opened its doors in 2000. Following the Federal deregulation of tobacco production many growers found their incomes reduced and they were looking for alternative crops to capitalize on their experience and existing resources. Our food hub helped local farmers stay on family farms by transitioning them to growing produce.
We helped local farmers stay on family farms by transitioning them to growing produce.
Since 2000, our team has worked every step of the way shoulder to shoulder, with local farmers, helping them get to market. We provide GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification training, help farmers obtain organic certification and provide much needed technical support to local farmers. Our team also secures retail orders from large wholesale markets and provides aggregation and distribution of locally grown produce, delivering from Maryland to Georgia.
Because of our experience, commitment and understanding of how to identify and reach existing and emerging markets, our food hub has helped farmers sell more than $23 million dollars of produce to wholesale grocers and produce brokers.
Meet some of our Farmers
Here are three the Family Farms in our region that has been directly impacted by the efforts of Appalachian Harvest
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are voluntary audits that assure consumers and wholesale purchasers that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. GAP & GHP audits verify adherence to the recommendations made in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and industry recognized food safety practices. Learn more HERE.
GAP certification is required by wholesale buyers. To support our farmers in meeting this requirement, ASD’s Appalachian Harvest Food Hub in Duffield, Virginia offers GAP training and technical support to help you prepare a Plan of Action Manual and mock audits that have led to a 100% GAP audit pass rate. For more information on GAP certification and Plan of Action Manual templates, visit AgCon today!