See below to access reports related to food and ag systems work related to the Appalachia Funders Network.
This 1-pager summarizes the background, objectives, and issue areas of our joint funder-practitioner working group.
RCDI Project Summary: Building Food Systems Capacity in Central Appalachia
This one-pager provides a summary of the FASWG's Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant, including the project strategies, participating organizations, funders involved, community impacts, and resources leveraged.
Food Security, Access, and Equity
Authored by the Appalachian Foodshed Project for the Appalachia Funders Network, this report provides data snapshots related to food, agriculture, poverty, and health of the Central Appalachian region and suggests approaches to creating and utilizing data as a means of understanding and addressing food, health, and quality of life issues in Appalachia.
On this learning call, FASWG members were joined by policy experts from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). NSAC staff shared an overview of the Farm Bill process, identified critical USDA programs that are funded through the bill, and laid out opportunities to get involved in advocating for a 2018 Farm Bill that supports local food systems, food access, rural businesses, and farmland conservation. This is a great starting point for anyone curious about the Farm Bill and federal Ag policy. The call recording can be found in the Library under "Videos."
Webinar: Forest Farming and Agroforestry in Central Appalachia (October 2017)
This learning call featured a collection of leading practitioners and funders who work on agroforestry and forest farming around the region. They shared key concepts and definitions, highlighted current projects taking place across the region, and emphasized the economic potential, environmental impact, and cultural significance of this sector for Appalachia's communities and rural landowners. The call recording can be found in the Library under "Videos."