Appalachian Sustainable Development
Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), was founded in 1995 in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee as a non-profit entity to educate, advocate and share lessons learned regarding sustainable development locally, regionally and nationally to advance local and regional food systems development; land, water and forest conservation; green building; reduce, reuse and recycling practices and to connect farmers, forest landowners, and those who make food and forest products with markets and other resources in our region. ASD seeks to educate children, communities, farmers, forest landowners and others on nutrition, childhood obesity, low impact farming and forestry practices, local foods and other subjects related to making our citizens capable of being self-sustaining. ASD’s programs include: Appalachian Farmers Market Association, Appalachian Harvest, Learning Landscapes, Healthy Families-Family Farms and GRO/Sustainable Forestry.
First Tennessee Development District staff serve on the ASD Board of Directors along with staff from LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau Planning Districts.