Monthly Archives: January 2015


APPALACHIAN FARMERS MARKET ASSOCIATION (AFMA) Initiative of Appalachian Sustainable Development, AFMA operates to support and sustain a viable network of community Farmers Markets throughout the Appalachian region of east Tennessee and western Virginia.  A volunteer organization comprised of representatives from each of our participating Farmers Markets.  Goals include: effective economic opportunities; attracting customers; education; mentoring; increase fresh, local foods [...]

APPALACHIAN FOODSHED PROJECT The Appalachian Foodshed Project aims to facilitate a network of organizations and individuals working to address issues of community development, economic viability, health, nutrition, food access, social justice, agriculture in western North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. […]

APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ASD) ASD’s mission is to grow food, communities, and opportunities to build a thriving Appalachia.  We believe food systems can drive improvements in the health of rural communities and that local development is better for the community because it keeps dollars circulating locally. […]

BLACKSBURG FARMERS MARKET and BLUE RIDGE FARMERS MARKET COALITION The Friends of the Farmers market, a 501 © 3 nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, provides support to the Blacksburg Farmers Market by educating the community on the benefits of locally grown and sustainably produced food, expanding its customer base, providing effective market management and fostering a vibrant community gathering [...]

GRAYSON LANDCARE Grayson LandCare incorporated as a 501c3 in 2007 as a grassroots organization devoted to the triple bottom line:  improving economic opportunities, preserving our environment, and improving the lives of our citizens.  We have a thriving local food scene, with pastured meats, organic vegetables and fruit and nut orchards.  With the help of a VA [...]

INDEPENDENCE FARMERS MARKET The Independence Farmers Market represents 51 entrepreneurs and provides educational workshops and year-round marketing opportunities through our Market from May-October and the on-line market November-April. We also work with Rooted in Appalachia and New River Growers to provide wholesale markets for our vendors and other producers. Weekly kids activities and special events and a [...]

NARROWS FARMERS MARKET The Narrows Farmers Market strives to serve as an activity center in the downtown area. The market area provides a pleasant environment for vendors to offer produce or handmade items and is also a central location for various community events such as Movies at the Market, Halloween hayrides and the Community Christmas Tree lighting. [...]


Municipality working on development of local food initiative (farmer’s market, farm to fork cooking classes). The Pearisburg Farm to Fork Program provides both hands-on and demonstration cooking classes for kids to adults. Our instructors are professional and amateur chefs as well as local food artisans. We offer classes in a variety of food styles from [...]

‘ROUND THE MOUNTAIN: SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA’S ARTISAN NETWORK `Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network works to promote and celebrate the craft and culture of Southwest Virginia. The Artisan Trails of Southwest Virginia project of RTM links visitors to artisans studios, craft venues, farms, and creative points of interest. The network of 15 Artisan Trails is promoted via an interactive website, [...]

RURAL RETREAT FARMERS MARKET The Rural Retreat Farmers Market at the Depot opened on July 3, 2013 and is sponsored by The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to Acquire, Restore and Manage the historic Rural Retreat Depot.  As a producer only market the mission of the Market is to promote a healthy lifestyle [...]