- The Appalachian Foodshed Project (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. Similar to the concept of a watershed, a foodshed takes into account everything between where food is produced and where it is consumed. This includes the farms and gardens used to raise food, travel routes used to transport products, processing facilities, distribution (farmers markets, brokers, retailers), and the restaurants, institutions, and homes where we all eat.
- The Appalachian Foodshed Project is designed to build on the work that is already happening in Appalachia, facilitating and enhancing formal and informal work by creating a network of organizations and individuals who are engaging similar issues related to community development, economic viability, health and nutrition, food access, social justice, and agriculture.
- By working collaboratively, the Foodshed Project hopes to build on the human and natural resources in the region to improve access, expand food security, and enhance food economies, especially in communities that have been underserved and are economically vulnerable.
- The Foodshed Project will work to cultivate resilient food systems within the region. This means creatively working with communities, farmers, policymakers, non-profits, and institutions to better understand the food system and implement changes that have long term benefits for all people in the region.
Visit our website at AppalachianFoodshedProject.org for more information.