Red Bird Valley Kitchen Now Ready to Open!

By |January 11th, 2018|Red Bird Mission|

On December 8th of 2017 me (Travis Adkins) and Meredith Asher received our "Better Process Control School" certificate. Allowing us to operate a commercial kitchen properly. We are also more then happy to announce that our commercial kitchen is now ready to use. The Red Bird Valley Kitchen was approved to open to the public by

Heirloom Apple Tree Collaboration

By |December 11th, 2017|Red Bird Mission|

Last month on November 15th Red Bird Mission coordinated an heirloom apple tree training for our 55 Grow Appalachia members. Our Speakers Jeff Casada of the Clay County Extension Office and Jimmy Sizemore did an amazing job on showing the members the best way in how to go about planting apple trees and protecting them

The Farmers Market Comes To A Close

By |November 11th, 2017|Red Bird Mission|

Red Bird Mission has had a successful farmers market this year! The farmers have reported $5,940.50 of produce sold at the Farmers Market. We would like to thank the Rural Food Security Grant for allowing us to have food vouchers for low income families this year. Not only did they help our community but the farmers also.

As the Leaves Change

By |November 1st, 2017|Sprouting Hope|

Hello dear Grow Appalachia community from Sprouting Hope. As winter edges ever closer we are beginning to experience frosts in our gardens in Marion and Chilhowie. The buzzing of bees has slowed down, the leaves throughout Hungry Mother State Park are vibrant fall hues, and thankfully the frost has killed many of those gnarly summer

Fall Time in Abingdon

By |November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Greetings from Appalachian Sustainable Development! Fall is a magical time here in Abingdon, Virginia. Honestly, fall is a pretty magical experience anywhere in the Appalachian Mountains. Delicious food traditions, like apple butter and fresh cider, to the deep orange and vibrant red mosaic of the hills, this time of year is a gift. For the

U-Pick Day – Engaging Community on the Farm

By |October 31st, 2017|Greenhouse17|

By GreenHouse17 October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our agency's goal during this year's special month was to engage the community in activities that support survivors. In addition to providing healthy food and nature-based healing, this is also a goal of our farm program. So, it only made sense to encourage the community to

Exploring Our Roots with Leslie Schaller

By |October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

For the past 25 years, Community Food Initiatives has been an integral part of the local food economy. In celebrating this milestone for our organization, we are reconnecting with some of our past staff, and we will be sharing their stories over the next several months and “Exploring our Roots.” Leslie Schaller, currently the Director