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"Cultivating Appalachian Food Security"-The AFP Search Conference

March 15-16, 2012

Pembroke, Virginia

Search Conference Summary

The Appalachian Foodshed Project brought together 47 stakeholders from West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina to participate in a Search Conference. The major objectives for the conference were to:

  • Bring people together to enhance regional networks and facilitate collaboration to address community food security; and
  • Realize and strengthen our regional identity and regional foodshed.

Participants worked together to give meaning to the concept of community food security and identify specific action to address issues of community development, economic viability, health, nutrition, food access, social justice, and agriculture in the region. Working collaboratively, participants identified the following action groups:

North Carolina:

  • Accessibility of Local Food
  • Education and Engagement
  • Policy and Advocacy


  • Policy
  • Agriculture Infrastructure
  • Improving Access and Availability

West Virginia (working in tandem with the Food and Farm Coalition):

  • Aggregation and Distribution
  • Improving Access to Healthy Local Food
  • Processing Infrastructure
  • The Next Generation of Farmers

These groups will be meeting monthly, and reporting back to the regional group in September of 2012. If you'd like more information about any of the working groups, or would like to get involved, please contact Nikki D'Adamo-Damery (