The mission of Appalachian Sustainable Development is to create, promote and expand economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible opportunities to help improve the lives and the health of our local communities and ecosystems.
Moving Higher Volumes of Good Food
To Local Markets
A network of certified organic family farmers who provide locally grown organic produce to regional food markets
Business-wise, Appalachian Harvest is still largely grant dependent, although we made some big strides towards profitability in 2011
Efforts to broker local, conventionally grown produce have made our truck runs more profitable (by filling trucks) and have widened the reach of Appalachian Harvest’s benefit to the local farming community (and engaged Cooperative Extension in our work in a much more active way). These sales enabled Appalachian Harvest to break $1 million in sales in 2011!
Several of these conventional growers are planning to add certified organic acreage in 2012.