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July 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Sugar Bush Funds Appalachian Food and Culture Consortium

The Ohio University Foundation announced in June funding for five projects through The Sugar Bush Foundation, including $17,800 for the Appalachian Food and Culture Consortium: Restoration and Resilience.

The Sugar Bush Foundation is a supporting organization within the Ohio University Foundation that works with OHIO and local communities to improve the quality of life in Appalachian Ohio. It was established in 2005 and has funded projects proposed cooperatively by OHIO units and local nonprofit organizations. Projects that foster environmental sustainability and healthy living are its focal points.

Food studies theme logoIn the Appalachian Food and Culture Consortium: Restoration and Resilience, the Ohio University Food Studies theme, the Sociology & Anthropology Department and Rural Action will collaborate on a two-year research and outreach project that aims to document, preserve and restore the food ways and cultural traditions of the region’s diverse food shed. The newly formed unit will build resilient economies and promote food security by applying OHIO’s research capacity more substantially into the southeastern Ohio food system. The project aims to provide more information about food access and how readily it can be produced as well as develop opportunities to create economically sustainable and culturally appropriate food ways programs in Appalachia.

Established in 1945 by OHIO President John C. Baker, The Ohio University Foundation is the fundraising unit responsible for raising, investing and disbursing funds in support of the OHIO educational mission. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, and is the repository for all private gifts to the University through annual giving programs, capital and special campaigns, and planned or deferred gifts.

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