Seeds of Change in Arkansas and Appalachia

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Seeds of Change Initiative

Project Goals

  • Increase agricultural production, in turn improving household livelihood and financial security
  • Encourage community self-reliance by meeting demand for locally grown food
  • Improve nutrition through increased access to healthy food
  • Conserve natural resources for long-term agricultural growth

Make a Difference in Your Own Backyard

Heifer's Seeds of Change project will initially focus on two of the most impoverished areas of the United States — Appalachia, which stretches from rural Pennsylvania to northern Alabama, and the Arkansas Delta. 

Project Profile

Though Appalachia and the Delta Region are rich with natural resources, the areas have long struggled with poverty. One in four Arkansans and one in three children in Appalachia struggle with hunger. Many families don't know where their next meal is coming from, and unemployment rates in those regions are double the national average.

How We're Helping

Heifer International is addressing this need by improving access to nutritious food and increasing income through business and community development. Our work involves helping farmers increase production and linking them to new markets, which will, in turn, increase their revenue. We are also working with local schools to build community gardens and encouraging farmers to meet the demand for locally grown grains and produce.

Heifer is organizing farmers in both regions to create programs that address the core issues affecting these Americans. Our farmers are improving local economies, increasing local food production, feeding schools and families and igniting change throughout entire communities. And like every Heifer project, the Seeds of Change program is driven by local need, local farmers, local innovation and local leadership.  

Neighbors in Need: Heifer's Work in the United States

The United States may seem like the land of plenty, but every day millions of Americas struggle in poverty and don't know where their next meal is coming from. Heifer's work in the United States addresses this dire need by improving access to nutritious food, increasing income through business development and job creation and improving the environment. By supporting Heifer's work in the United States, together we can transform the lives of our neighbors in need.