Welcome to the new Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) Blog! The AFP is using a foodshed concept to address issues of community food security in West Virginia and the Appalachian regions of North Carolina and Virginia. The aim of the project is to facilitate a network of organizations and individuals working to address issues of community development, economic viability, health, nutrition, food access, social justice, and agriculture. By working collaboratively with our project partners we hope to build on the human and natural resources in the region to cultivate resilient food systems and vibrant, healthy communities.

Our new blog is a joint effort between North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, community partners and stakeholders. The AFP will use this blog as a way to keep you informed on project progress, challenges, future opportunities, events and potentially useful resources. We invite our community and university partners to use this space as a platform to tell your stories and reflect on the challenges of addressing community food security on the ground and in the field. Celebrate your successes around the region; detail ongoing work; and share your challenges, road blocks, and pitfalls so that others might learn from your experiences.

Be sure to check the blog calendar to see who will be contributing and when so you can check back for posts which may be especially interesting to you.  You can also subscribe to the blog via email.  We hope you will use the comments feature to dialogue and respond to existing posts. 

If you would like to contribute to the blog please contact us at afp@vt.edu or 540-231-2264.

Thank you for visiting us at the AFP Blog! We hope to see you again soon.