Current Programs and Projects
Mary Boyer Sustainable Agriculture and Food Grants
Small grants are awarded to female farmers, ranchers, or processors who plan to create innovative, sustainable solutions to producing or marketing obstacles in the High Country by completing a sustainable food and agriculture project or pursuing educational opportunities in sustainable food and agriculture.
Annual High Country Farm Tour
The Farm Tour connects the public with local food sources, teaches consumers how food grows, and allows all of us to celebrate agricultural heritage while enjoying our rural landscape. In 2012, the Tour featured 22 diverse farms across three counties in the High Country. Takes place the first weekend in August.
Workshops and Educational opportunities
Throughout the year, we partner with local organizations and leaders to present educational workshops related to food production, value-adding production endeavors, business skill development, and sustainable agriculture techniques. We have also been able to provide scholarships for female producers to attend educational conferences.
Blue Ridge Seeds of Change
Along with Heifer USA, the Appalachian District Health Department, and other influential regional entities, we partner on this initiative to empower local food and farm entrepreneurs, grow living wage jobs, and increase access to healthy local food for all, while fostering ecological stewardship.