Since 1995, we have been bringing hope to the communities we serve in Central Appalachia. We boost  local economies by creating economic/workforce opportunities in farming and agriculture. We fight food insecurity by increasing food access through donations and empowering educational programs. 


Merging conservation and production, by helping local farmers adopt agroforestry practices and market specialty crops

Appalachian Harvest Food Hub

Providing training, technical support, aggregation & distribution services to local farmers since 2000.

Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub

The Herb Hub envisions a thriving and sustainable herbal economy in Central Appalachia, where plant conservation is achieved through profitable cultivation. 

Central Appalachian Food Corridor

Connecting producers to wholesale and local retail buyers, the Corridor creates sustainable jobs in local food production and distribution in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, and Northeast Tennessee.

Farmer and Rancher Mentoring

On-Farm internship opportunity designed to develop beginning farmers and put them on the path to a successful career in farming.

SWVA Field School

Training program with sessions that include business planning, finances, and marketing all geared toward helping beginning farmers create sustainable and profitable small farms.

Garden Box Project

Garden Box Project allows small families, seniors, people with limited green space or restricted mobility, a way to grow fresh, healthy food in raised boxes.


ASD’s innovative workforce development program, delivers paid, on-the-job training to people with barriers to employment. Groundwork operates in our Bristol and Duffield locations

Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own families grow their own fresh, healthy food in a home-based backyard and market gardens. We provide training, technical support, seeds, plants, tools and tilling services.

Healthy Families – Family Farms

HFFF raises money to buy 2nds produce from local farmers, providing them with additional income and then donates the produce to local food banks/pantries.

Learning Landscapes

Teaches children how to create, plant, tend, nurture, cultivate and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables in gardens at schools, community centers or clubs.

Local Food Guide

Get connected with fresh local food and the farmers who grow it. Also, find local markets, breweries, and restaurants committed to supporting local food and the region..

Practically Perfect

Practically Perfect fruits & vegetables are available at approximately 30% discounted prices at local supermarkets. These are slightly larger or smaller cousins of garden-variety fruits and vegetables.

Volunteer with ASD

We are always looking for people interested in volunteering with ASD on a number of projects and programs. If you want to volunteer with ASD, visit the volunteer page to access the sign up form.

Donate today!

Do you have an ASD program that is dear to your heart & would like to help keep the good work going? Donate today to the program of your choice!