Sustain Appalachia Harvest Week connects community with local food, and local organizations with funds

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sustain Appalachia Harvest Week was October 20-27, it featured 14 events from community organizations. The eight days were filled with collaboration among: Sustain AppalachianHigh Country Local FirstAppalachian State Food ServicesAppalachian Student Dietetic AssociationThe Edible SchoolyardHospitality House of BooneAppalachian Mountain BreweryLost Province BreweryFarm to Flame, F.A.R.M. CafeNew Life Farms, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, the Ascent Business Network, the Sustainable Development Student AssociationSupporting Economic Alternatives in the MountainsApp State's chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Center for Appalachian Studies at ASU.

Harvest Week was a way for the Appalachian community to come together and participate in Food Day, a national event to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity in our country. We did more than just raise awareness during Harvest Week, we made connections and raised money!

The Edible Schoolyard Harvest Banquet on October 22, brought people together for an evening full of music, friends, and delicious food. The pot luck dinner raised $739.50, for the non-profit Edible Schoolyard, an organic outdoor classroom located at the Living Learning Center on App State's campus. 

Tasty Tunes on October 24, was a charity concert for the Hospitality House of Boone and App States' chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), featuring performances from Melissa Edd, Luke Mears BandAlexa Rose,Space Canoe, and Demonbow at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.  In between performances, representatives from the Hospitality House of Boone and App State NAMI spoke to the audience about the triple threat of hunger, homelessness, and mental illness, many people face in our community. App State's Graduate Student Association Senate provided volunteers to collect cash donations and Appalachian Mountain Brewery along with the Farm to Flame food truck contributed 10% of their sales to the two organizations. All in all the night of great food, drinks and music was made even sweeter by raising $509 for our two non-profits. 

Supporting Economic Alternatives in the Mountains (SEAM) Dinner on Monday October 27, at Lost Province Brewing Company. The SEAM dinner is a participatory fundraising event where patrons are presented with proposals from three local applicants. A collaborative event organized by High Country Local First, Sustain Appalachian, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, and the Ascent Business network, the SEAM dinner grands friends and neighbors invest directly in the project of their choosing over a locally-sourced dinner at Lost Province Brewing. This process cultivates relationships between community members and local entrepreneurs, challenging the traditional funding model. Participatory investment empowers communities to "vote with their dollar." It is a public dialogue, aimed at supporting community values and building a resilient place-based economy. This was the third dinner, and over $1000 were distributed to the three grantees.

These three events highlight the great work going on in our community. Sustain Appalachia Harvest Week is an example of the Appalachian community coming together to say 'We will change the world and create sustainable future!' 

For more information contact: 

Willard C. Watson III
Sustain Appalachia Communications Assistant
(910)-583-2459
watsonwc@appstate.edu

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