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Moving Forward in a New Year!

By Sylvia Crum

Moving Forward in a New YearYOU are the reason we’re able to bring hope to Central Appalachia! And today, we need you more than ever. 2017 was a challenging year for folks in our region—due to  job loss, food insecurity, poor health and prescription drug abuse. So once again, we have our work cut out for us. But with your support www.asdevelop.org, we’re moving forward!

In 2018, Appalachian Sustainable
Development will:
• Create new economic opportunities for farmers and food producers
• Connect farmers with the resources they need to thrive by providing training and technical support
• Increase food access points by empowering families to grow their own food
• Offer low-moderate income communities discounted 2nd produce at grocers and supermarkets
• Continue donating local 2nds produce to food banks/pantries
• We’ll bring more resources back to Central Appalachia by expanding our reach to partners in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky

Through collaborations and partnerships, we can continue to transition our region!

With help from members of our communities last year:
• We launched the Appalachian Harvest her hub to process locally grown herbs for sale to national medicinal retailers
• We helped local farmers stay on family farms by securing, aggregating and distributing more than $4.6 million in produce to wholesale retailers from Maryland to Georgia
• We connected with policy makers, consumers and politicians to deeper engage communities, build networks and propel ASD’s mission, and so much more

All of this amazing work makes a real difference in the communities we serve. And we     can’t do it without all kinds of partners and collaborators. There are so many ways to get involved with ASD in 2018. Learn more at www.asdevelop.org.

• And, please tell your friends about ASD and why you support our good work
• Volunteer with us or donate your used supplies and tools
• Attend a fundraising event or sponsor a program

About Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
Nationally known and respected for its commitment to local farmers, Appalachian Sustainable Development is transitioning Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people with healthy food. Since 1995, ASD has served 15 counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. As ASD’s work continues, it will expand its focus to include regional partnerships that build important connections to increase market access and bring necessary resources to the rural communities in its physical footprint. ASD operates programs that create jobs in farming and agriculture and address food insecurity. To learn more, go to asdevelop.org or visit Facebook or Twitter.

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