Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project among Farm Aid’s 2014 grant recipients

ASAP’s mission is "to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food," according to the organization's website. Logo from ASAP website

From Farm Aid website:

Grants for Family Farm Agriculture

In addition to Farm Aid’s work throughout the year to build a thriving family farm-centered system of agriculture, Farm Aid funds family farm and rural service organizations through our annual grant program. We view our grantees around the country as critical on-the-ground partners in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, producing good food for all.

In 2014, Farm Aid granted $585,700 to 83 family farm organizations in 36 states and the District of Columbia; grants ranged from $500 to $20,000. Disaster grants between $3,000 and $10,000 were awarded to organizations to distribute to farm families facing weather disasters, while individual emergency grants of $500 were awarded to fifteen farm families facing either economic crises or natural disasters. In addition, this year Farm Aid’s Farmer Leadership Fund awarded $6,200 in funds to elevate farmer voices in policy discussions.

Farm Aid grant funds were invested in programs that help farm families stay on their land, build local markets, confront the threat of corporate control of agriculture, train new farmers and support farmer-to-farmer programs for more sustainable agricultural practices.

Information about each 2014 grantee is available below.

Growing the Good Food Movement: Creating and implementing innovative programs that build local and regional food systems, connecting farmers directly to consumers and creating new markets for family farmers.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), Asheville, NC: $7,000 for Appalachian Grown: Promoting Local Farms and Food in Southern Appalachia, which supports branded promotional materials for farmers as part of ASAP’s Appalachian Grown (AG) certification project.

Click here for the full list of grant recipients.

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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