Appalachian Small Farms Project

Organization:
Center for Participatory Change, Inc.
Amount:
$50,000.00
Program Area:
Open Grants Program
County of Applicant:
Buncombe
Description:

The goal of the Appalachian Small Farms Project is to organize groups of small farmers to implement projects that increase agricultural-related economic opportunities. With prior Golden LEAF Foundation funding, CPC assisted the Smoky Mountain Native Plants Association in organizing to help local residents earn extra income through collecting, cultivating, processing, and marketing native plants such as ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, and bloodroot. The Cherokee Small Farmers Association completed a feasibility study for a farmers market in Murphy and has implemented diversification plans that include ornamental crops. The Center also provides timely information to small farmers of the region through a regular newsletter and community presentations. This grant is to support the two groups organized last year and to help organize two to four new groups in the westernmost counties in the State.

Contact:
Mr. Paul Castelloe, Ph.D. PO Box 9238 Asheville, North Carolina 28815 (828) 299-9437
Areas Served:
Swain, Graham, Clay, Cherokee

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