Appalachian Sustainable Development Launches Groundwork 02

Last week we announced that Appalachian Sustainable Development or ASD as its more commonly referred to as, has launched “Groundwork”, an innovative workforce development program that will provide paid, on the job training to individuals with barriers to employment. To serve this population, the program also provides wrap around services for personal development that focuses on not only physical well being, but emotional health as well.
Program participants can work in either Bristol or Duffield, Virginia. The Bristol program is six months long and involves a thirty hour work week. In Bristol, training occurs on the job through existing programs that support farmers and food access, and with ASD’s network of farms. The Duffield program is twelve weeks long and involves a twenty four hour work week. In Duffield, training occurs on the job at ASD’s Appalachian Harvest Food Hub and focuses on warehousing, distribution and logistics. Participants will earn OSHA forklift certification, OSHA Safety certification and gain skills in logistics, procurement, fulfillment and more.
Primarily agriculturally based, Groundwork will deliver professional and personal skills that transfer to any industry, creating a more robust workforce for the region. The program places a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship, with the goal of bolstering the launch of new businesses in a variety of sectors.
Nationally known and respected for its commitment to local farmers, ASD celebrates it 25th year this year. ASD’s mission is to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier poplulation by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy food.
Since 1995, ASD has been working in fifteen counties in Central Appalachia. ASD’s reach has since expanded to include partners in eastern WV and KY and southest Ohio. ASD uses six strategies to accomplish its work: education, increasing local food production, developing markets, increasing distribution of local agriculture products, engaging strategic partners, and researching/consulting and advising. ASD operates programs that create jobs in farming and agriculture and address food insecurity. For additional information about ASD please visit https://asdevelop.org , Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

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