This week, AgriFacture was chosen as a recipient of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)’s Appalachian Grown Farmer Immediate Needs Grant. This support will help AgriFacture continue to supply Better Shrooms mushrooms to customers during this critical time.
“We can’t express the appreciation we have for ASAP,” says AgriFacture CEO Ed McCammon, “both for qualifying us for Appalachian Grown certification as well as providing us with funds to help mitigate changes that are required to be made because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We owe a lot to ASAP, as do many farms in Western North Carolina.”
The Appalachian Grown Farmer Immediate Needs Grant is intended for farmers with lost sales and farm income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Farmers may apply for funds to make strategic investments, such as new technology, packaging materials, or communications, that will help them quickly respond and meet new market requirements.
Please consider donating to ASAP’s Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund here. All money raised goes directly to supporting farmers markets and farms like AgriFacture.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is a nonprofit based in Asheville, North Carolina, that serves the Southern Appalachian region. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
ASAP began in the mid-1990s as an effort to reverse farm loss in Western North Carolina and to help farmers transition from tobacco. ASAP incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2002 and printed the first Local Food Guide, listing 58 local farms, 32 farmers markets, 19 restaurants sourcing local ingredients, and 12 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs. Today, their Local Food Guide has over 1,200 listings.
You can view a timeline of ASAP’s work and important local food history since 2000.
For more information, visit ASAP’s official website.
AgriFacture is a family-owned business that has spent the last decade developing cutting-edge methodologies to change the entire dynamics of agriculture. AgriFacture’s model of controlled environmental agriculture allows consumers to enjoy local, fresh, pesticide-free, nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, mushrooms and herbs year-round, regardless of where they live.
AgriFacture currently utilizes a 10,000-square-foot research and development facility in Flat Rock, NC and plans to build an even larger 40,000-square-foot indoor farm. Unlike other commercial vertical farms on the market today, AgriFacture changes the dynamic by utilizing robotics and automation to control the entire process – from seed to fork.