Resources for Individuals

Resource Handbook - Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture: (Link) A resource website that is part of a Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture project to connect farmers and gardeners in the Blue Ridge to resources and mentors that can jump start their connection to our food system. Contains information on: business planning & record keeping, markets & marketing, funding & access to capital, land access & transition, production in the high country, post-production care & food safety, equipment & supplies, finding & managing help, and the legal environment for North Carolina farmers.

Resources about Watauga County

County Profile - The Appalachian Foodshed Project: (Link) The Appalachian Foodshed Project has assembled county profiles for each county in West Virginia and theAppalachian Regional Commission (ARC) counties of western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Each of these profiles contains data relevant to community food security, and is organized into a modified version of theWhole Measures for Community Food Systems: Healthy People, Thriving Economies, Justice and Fairness, and Vibrant Farms and Gardens. 

Healthy Food Access Portal: Research Your Community - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: (Link) Many healthy food access initiatives and funding opportunities require data-supported descriptions of a community’s needs as part of the application process. This tool provides much of the data requested and can be used to strengthen your funding application.  Please note that the food access landscape is ever changing, and you may need to corroborate data indicators with local knowledge. 

Resources about the High Country

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2012 - High Country Council of Governments: (COG_ComprehensiveEconomicDevelopmentStrategy_2012.pdf) The strategy is an economic development planning tool intended to aid local governments in decision-making. The document provides an analysis of regional and local economic conditions within Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties, NC. Specific projects have been identified that will address economic development in the High Country COG area. 

Resources about Western North Carolina & North Carolina

Healthy North Carolina 2020 - The North Carolina Institute of Medicine: A Better State of Health: (Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.pdf) Every 10 years since 1990, North Carolina has set decennial health objectives with the goal of making North Carolina a healthier state. One of the primary aims of this objective-setting process is to mobilize the state to achieve a common set of health objectives. The Healthy NC 2020 objectives provide a common set of health indicators that we, as a state, can work to improve, while the targets assigned to each objective enable us to monitor our progress, or lack thereof, toward achieving these common health objectives. 

Western North Carolina Vitality Index: (LinkThe Western North Carolina Vitality Index reports on the 27 counties of Western North Carolina through the perspectives of the region’s natural, social, built, and economic environments, and was designed to assist local governments, interest groups, and the public. Within the Human Index (Link) are statistics pertaining to Food Insecurity, Access to Healthy Food, and other related subjects. Within the Economic Index (Link) are statistics pertaining to Agriculture and Forestry. Other included indexes hold data about climate, landownership, geology, energy, and water.

WNC Community Food Security Assessment - The Appalachian Foodshed Project: (Link)  The purpose of the WNC CFSA is to establish the scope of the problem, identify extant barriers to and assets for improving food security, and clarify key questions for communities to consider as they make long-term strides to creating a more just and equitable food system.