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Appalachian Grown™ Certification

Appalachian Grown certification

The Appalachian Grown™ logo is displayed with farm products grown or raised in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. When consumers see the logo at stores, restaurants, tailgates, and other businesses, they know they’re buying fresher foods that support family farms, strengthen our local economy, preserve rural culture, and protect the region’s natural beauty. Appalachian Grown certification is an easy way to communicate the true value of your farm products.

Get Appalachian Grown certification for FREE!

If you’re a Southern Appalachian farmer, you may be eligible for certification. Businesses that sell and use local food products can become licensed partners. Individual farms, farmer groups, and tailgate markets may apply for Appalachian Grown certification. Restaurants, distributors, and grocers that purchase Appalachian Grown certified products may become Appalachian Grown licensed partners.

Join the Appalachian Grown program today by creating a free listing in the online Local Food Guide.

To get more detailed information about ASAP’s Appalachian Grown Program, including a map of the region, how to use AG in your marketing, and the value of Appalachian Grown, read our Appalachian Grown Marketing Guide.

Currently, the Appalachian Grown certification program is free. Farms and businesses in these Appalachian Grown counties are eligible to participate:

  • Smoky Mountains, NC: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain
  • Southern Mountains, NC: Henderson, Polk, Transylvania
  • Central Mountains, NC: Buncombe, Madison, Yancey
  • Foothills, NC: Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Rutherford
  • High Country, NC: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes
  • Georgia: Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White
  • South Carolina: Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg
  • Tennessee: Blount, Bradley, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Monroe, Polk, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
  • Virginia: Carroll, Grayson, Scott, Smyth, Washington, Wythe

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Promotional materials, including a variety of labels, signs, rubber bands, twist ties, and plastic bags, are available for purchase by producers and tailgate markets. We supply a variety of promotional materials for businesses, including window stickers and farmer profiles. Certified farms, tailgate markets, and partner businesses can also use the Appalachian Grown logo on their packaging and promotions.  The program also provides a variety of other services and resources for farms, tailgate markets, and partner businesses

The Appalachian Grown logo is a trademark of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project). To protect the integrity of the logo and the local food market, local producers, food processors, retailers, and wholesalers must meet particular standards and comply with logo-use restrictions. The standards and restrictions are meant to protect the mark. The Appalachian Grown logo may only be used to represent food and agricultural products grown or raised by certified Appalachian Grown farms.

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NC Community Development Initiative

Thanks to support from the North Carolina Community Development Initiative, ASAP is able to breathe new life into our Appalachian Grown (AG) regional branding program. The NC Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment, and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. Read More ▶▶

Appalachian Grown™ FAQ

Appalachian Grown certification

Have questions about the Appalachian Grown program? Browse a list of those frequently asked.View the FAQ ▶▶