WHAT THEY DO: ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters and build healthy communities through connections to local food. Through events, promotions and publication of the free Local Food Guide, we work to drive demand for area food and farm products. We also offer training and tools for farmers, operate the Asheville City Market, examine the role and impact of regional food systems through the Local Food Research Center and provide educator training and experiences for children through the Growing Minds Farm to School Program.
WHAT THEY DO: EcoForesters is a nonprofit professional forestry organization dedicated to conserving and restoring Appalachian forests. Forestland owners and local communities benefit from EcoForesters’ ability to develop and implement forest stewardship strategies that promote sustainability and resiliency. Our methods emphasize sound ecological management over other profit- and production-driven forest management approaches. We make positive impacts on the Appalachian landscape while helping landowners achieve individual management objectives.
$ 161 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in preserving and protecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds, building public awareness and providing volunteers. Friends of the Smokies also offers unique opportunities like Trails Forever, which connects volunteers with trail reconstruction in the park. The organization’s Parks as Classrooms program brings over 18,000 students from nearby communities into the park for hands-on science education.
$ 200 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: We’re people who care about where we live — our homes, neighborhoods and the planet. Since 2001, we have been advancing sustainability in the built environment through community education, measurable standards and regional action. We make a difference by hosting original educational events, distributing the annual Green Building Directory, managing the Blue Horizons Project community campaign and implementing programs such as Green Built Homes and Appalachian Offsets.
$ 75 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: MountainTrue is the environmental champion for Western North Carolina. Our members protect our forests, clean up our rivers, plan vibrant and livable communities and advocate for a sound and sustainable future for all. Together, we keep our mountain region a beautiful place to live, work and play. MountainTrue is active in the Broad, French Broad, Green, Hiwassee, Little Tennessee and New watersheds and is home to the French Broad, Broad, Green and Watauga Riverkeepers.
$ 1085 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: We permanently protect and steward our region’s most beloved natural areas. When you support local land and water conservation, you ensure our lands, waters, wildlife, farms and way of life will be there for future generations. By preserving vital resources, you improve the area’s quality of life and continue building healthy and vibrant communities — forever.
$ 940 raised so far.