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Grow Appalachia

  • Project Title: Grow Appalachia
  • Program Representative Interviewed: David Cooke, Director
  • Location: Berea, KY
  • Program Overview:
    Grow Appalachia aims to improve food security in the Appalachian region by increasing citizens' abilities to grow more food. The program started in 2009 with four partner sites and now operates in 31 sites across the region. Each site is operated by a partner organization, and Grow Appalachia provides funding, equipment, and training to help create and manage personal gardens. The program focuses on reaching as many families as possible with its partner organizations. In total, the program has helped over 6,000 families and grown over 3 million pounds of food. Grow Appalachia also encourages plots to donate food to local emergency food resources and connects growers to farmers markets to help growers build marketing and entrepreneurial skills.

Models represented by this program: