Help grow food security in our communities!
August 18, 2016
BENEFITING: APPALACHIAN INSTITUTE FOR MOUNTAIN STUDIES INC
HOURS PLEDGED: 3,000
Appalachia has the highest biodiversity of crop varieties in North America, yet still ranks as one of the most food insecure regions in the nation.
At the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies we are working to change this! (AIMS) is about providing real resources for communities in Appalachia to reclaim their foodshed.
This fall we are working with five counties in Western North Carolina which have been identified as struggling with food security. In conjunction with other local groups, we will host classes and seed swaps focused on building sustainable systems which create lasting impact and empower communities in providing food for themselves.
We cannot do it alone.
According to USDA data from 2012 - 2014 Appalachian States ranked under the category of "above the national average" for food insecurity. In North Carolina alone 26% of children are faced with food insecurity on a regular basis.
The funds from this campaign will go directly securing the resources needed to make these events possible. Each participant will leave with packets of seeds for their spring gardens, new tools for preserving their harvest, creating a local food hub or bulk buying club, seed saving, and cooperative growing for a community. All events will be offered free of charge.
Why support AIMS?
It is the deep connection those who work at AIMS have with the food we eat, the people who grow it, and the heritage from which it came. In our personal lives we continue to build relationships with farmers, chefs, and communities, constructing webs that unite us in place based food systems.
Even more we are real people. AIMS is grassroots and came about because it takes people whose lives and work go hand in hand to rebuild our food system. We have the philosophy of the old community barn raising; as individuals we can't do it ourselves and it takes the skill and commitment of many to accomplish something huge.
Our work is based on embracing the community around us, because although we may not know each other or have the same beliefs we are all part of these mountains that are our home. With that comes an interdependence and a tradition born from the stone, the earth, and wildness of Appalachia.
Join us in keeping our communities healthy and flourishing; celebrating the spirit of the mountains.