Appalachia has seen the demise of its two main industries: tobacco and coal, but local food is bringing hope to the region. Meet the farmers and food system builders behind Appalachian Harvest, a food hub founded by Appalachian Sustainable Development, that aggregates and distributes local produce up and down the Appalachian Corridor. This local food system is improving farmer livelihoods, creating jobs and increasing access to healthy, fresh foods.
This video features:
- Robin Robbins, organic farmer and General Manager of Appalachian Harvest
- Roger Garrett, organic farmer, Robbins Family Farms in Duffield, VA
- Cindy Laws, organic farmer, Laws Organic Farm in Lee County, VA
- Matt Smith, organic farmer, Sour Flower Farm in Meadowview, VA
For more about farmers transitioning away from growing tobacco, read “A New Farm Economy Rises from Tobacco’s Ashes”
Learn more about food hubs and how they connect groups of farmers with wholesale customers.