This week, AgriFacture received official Appalachian Grown certification through the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP).
Appalachian Grown is ASAP’s branding program for farms, tailgate markets, retailers, and wholesalers that certifies food and agricultural products grown or raised on farms in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Being certified as Appalachian Grown is equivalent to being Certified Local within the Appalachian region.
In their mission to support Southern Appalachian farms and build a local food system, ASAP developed the Appalachian Grown program with the goals of expanding local markets for area farms and providing a way for the public to easily identify products from local farms.
What is Appalachian Grown?
The Appalachian Grown region includes 60 Appalachian counties in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. To be eligible for Appalachian Grown certification, farms must be located in the Appalachian Grown region and be a family farm—one in which the family holds the financial responsibility, takes the risk, and provides the majority of the management decisions for the farm.
AgriFacture is now a certified Appalachian Grown farm, and its first product, Better Shrooms, will now display the official Appalachian Grown Local Food branding.
ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is a nonprofit based in Asheville, North Carolina, serving 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’s Better Shrooms
AgriFacture’s original Better Shrooms are grown in AgriFacture’s facility in Flat Rock, NC.
AgriFacture utilizes Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), a technology-based approach toward food production that reduces any points of contamination throughout the growing process. The highly-controlled environment provides the mushrooms with the optimum growing conditions to produce the best of products.
AgriFacture’s produce is completely free of chemicals and pesticides, the growth medium is sterilized, the air is filtered, the water is purified to 0ppm, and temperature and lighting are provided for maximum product production. This process results in a better taste – a better product – that far exceeds anything “organic”. That is where the produce gets the name “Better”.
For more information about AgriFacture’s pure growing process, click here.
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.