Berea provides tuition-free education by awarding every enrolled student a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which is valued at $24,900 this year. This financial model is made possible through a combination of federal/state financial aid, spendable return from the College's endowment, and the philanthropy of alumni and friends.
· Gardening grants
· Providing technical and physical assistance
· Donating food to food banks
· Leveraging community assets
· Encouraging entrepreneurship
· Building high tunnels for season extension
All Grow Appalachia partner sites submit bi-monthly reports detailing program financials, amount of food grown, and obstacles faced. The program uses these reports to assess the success of individual sites and of the program overall.
Since the program was created in 2010, we have partnered with 56 sites across 6 states in Central Appalachia. Through these sites, 4,402 families have been able to grow 3,016,980 pounds of food.
Grow Appalachia is a program of Berea College dedicated to alleviating food insecurity. The program partners with well-established non-profit agencies throughout Central Appalachia to help families grow as much of their own food as possible. Grow Appalachia seeks to solve pervasive food insecurity issues by restoring the relationship between the people and the land.
When food grows, communities and families grow too. The gardens are worked by nonprofits, farmers market entrepreneurs, the elderly, the Girl Scouts, inmates, the disabled, and others who believe a better food system equals better lives. Some participants garden to save money. Others garden to make money.
The program seeks both to educate communities and to learn from communities. It works to preserve the past, build hope for the future, and empower Appalachians to live healthy, productive lives. More program details are available at growappalachia.berea.edu.
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