Local farmer to be featured on CNN program spotlighting food hubs

Scotty County farmer Robin Robbins and Appalachian Harvest, one of the oldest food hubs in the nation, will be the subjects of an upcoming "Champion for Change" spotlight to air on "At This Hour with Kate Bolduan," a news program produced by Cable News Network (CNN).

The program, set to air at 11 a.m. EST on June 14, will showcase Robbins, who is also general manager for Appalachian Harvest in Duffield. The segment will also air on June 17 at 9 p.m. EST as part of an hour-long special of "Champions of Change" spotlights previously aired on the network.

CNN journalist Kate Bolduan chose to feature Robbins and her family farm after talking to Farm Aid, an organization known for its interest in strengthening family farm agriculture. The segment touches on the important work of food hubs, which help connect farmers in Central Appalachia with food retailers and brokers seeking to purchase healthy, farm-grown produce.

Appalachian Harvest was founded in 2000 by the nonprofit organization Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), which serves farmers in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and parts of West Virginia. More information about ASD can be found at http://www.asdevelop.org.

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