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Our webinars are now available on the AFP YouTube channel. Check it out!

Join us on Thursday, May 5th at 3pm ET for a webinar presentation on Nourishin Networks: West Virginia Community Food Security Assessment. For information on how to connect, visit our webinar page.

If you missed the April 19th webinar presentation on the Western North Carolina Community Food Security Assessment, you can now view the archived recording and download the presentation slides on our webinar page.

The southwest Virginia Community Food Security Assessment is now available for download! Visit our Virginia page for more information on the AVFSN convening, the CFSA report, and related media coverage! If you missed the April 8th webinar on the report findings, the archived recording is now available.

Check out our new Stories of Community Food Work in Appalachia, an initiative to collect, create, and share stories of activists, educators, farmers, and community professionals in our region.  These stories express the diverse experiences of people working for food systems change, and include the voices of practitioners from across western North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Western North Carolina Community Food Security Assessment (pdf) was launched on January 29, 2016 at the Western North Carolina Food Secruity Summit.  Find out more about the summit and assessment.

Check out our summary report from the Central Appalachian Foodshed Conference.  This was a partnership of the AFP, the Central Appalachian Network, and the Appalachian Funders Network.  You can also access the report (with links to conference sessions) on LocalWiki. The Central Appalachian Foodshed Conference was made possible by a generous grant from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Community Viability endowment fund.

If you missed the May 26th webinar on the AFP graduate course, Food Security and Resilient Communities: Food Systems Theory and Praxis, you can view the archived recording and download the syllabus and other resources on our webinar page.

On Monday, April 27th, Tracy Kunkler of Social Profit Strategies spoke at a Community Voices event on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. You can now listen to her presentation, where she talks about her work in complex systems. You can learn more from her podcast with Trustees Without Borders. 

Find out more information about your county in our new AFP County Profile tool. The data is available for each county in a simple, printable format. Let us know what you think!

If you missed the April 16th webinar on the new WV Foodlink tool, you can link to the archived recording on our webinar page.

If you missed the March 19th webinar, Engaging Youth in Healthy Corner Stores Work - Direct From the Source with Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!), you can find the archived recording and presentation slides on our webinar page.

The Virginia SNAP/EBT Farmers Market Toolkit is now available on the VFMMA site.  If you missed the November 20th webinar, you can find the archived recording and presentation slides on our webinar page.

If you missed the December 18th webinar, A Framework for Linking Food System Networks: the Experiment in Central Appalachia, the archived link and presentation slides are available on our webinar page.

Congratulations to the AFP Enhancement Grant Recipients!  Check out the funded projects here (or download the press release).

Check out the first draft of our AFP directory. You can also see a map of organizations working to address community food security in the region.

If you would like to be included in the directory or map, please email

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The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is using a foodshed concept to address issues of community food security in West Virginia and the Appalachian regions of North Carolina and Virginia. AFP aims to facilitate a network of organizations and individuals working to address issues of community development, economic viability, health, nutrition, food access, social justice, and agriculture. By working collaboratively, AFP hopes to build on the human and natural resources in the region to cultivate resilient food systems and vibrant, healthy communities.

Please read more about the project.