The Appalachian Resource Conservation & Development Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Northeast Tennessee and beyond. ARCD provides training to farmers and gardeners, lends support to local farmers markets, and strives to improve the local food system. Our mission is to conserve natural resources and improve rural economies through community leadership and enhanced educational opportunities.
Conservation is the foundation of our work at ARCD. In our farming and gardening educational programs we encourage organic practices and educate growers about the importance of regenerative farming practices. ARCD also works to preserve farmland through land transition education, and promotes soil health, water conservation, and wildfire mitigation through various programs.
FARMER & GARDENER TRAINING
We offer education and training for all experience levels. Through Build It Up, we teach folks how to start their very first garden. In Field School, we train beginning farmers on everything from production methods to the legal and marketing aspects of running a farm business. Through our NRCS and Specialty Crop workshop series, we train all levels of farmers and gardeners on specific areas of study.
Through Appalachian Farmacy, we incentivize farmers market purchases and lessen the strain of food insecurity by providing free fruits and vegetables to participants. We also facilitate the Northeast Tennessee Food Policy Council whose vision is to increase investment in, access to, and consumption of locally grown foods in our region.
Help us grow, connect, preserve, and foster in Northeast Tennessee & beyond.
Your support keeps us running. Our work depends on the generous donations we receive from community members, partners, and sponsors. Make a tax-deductible contribution to the Appalachian RC&D Council today, and you will be an integral part of our drive to support local agriculture, ensure access to nutritious food for all our local communities, and protect the natural beauty of Appalachia. You may choose to have your contribution applied to a specific program, or to wherever our greatest need is currently. Thank you for your support!