Appalachian Sustainable Development

About Appalachian Sustainable Development

Since 1995, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has been working to propel our mission to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities, and connecting people to healthy food. In the beginning, ASD focused exclusively on 15 counties in northeast TN and southwest VA. Today, our work has expanded to include partners in WV and eastern KY with the creation of the Central Appalachian Food Corridor. ASD uses 6 strategies to accomplish its work: education, increasing local food production, developing markets, increasing distribution of local agriculture products, engaging strategic partners, and researching/consulting and advising.


Farm Forestry Intern

October 2020 Bristol, TN
“I like being able to get real experience on a farm, especially one that is environmentally-minded. I got/will get hands on experience with rotational grazing, inoculating logs with mushrooms, growing greens, habitat management for local wildlife, organic farming, and ecological principles for increasing crop yield. I also got experience at the Farmers' Market. This really is an all-around experience, great for learning business, agriculture, and ecology principles. It is very relaxed, and my mentor is very supportive and flexible. He wants to make sure that I achieve all of my learning goals.”
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