Appalachian State University’s Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development forged a partnership with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture this summer.

As a result, all excess food harvested at the university’s Blackburn Vannoy Teaching and Research Farm and in the campus gardens was collected and donated to families in need across the High Country.

Appalachian Magazine reports that several local organizations have benefited from the partnership, including Farm Cafe, Western Watauga Outreach, the Hunger and Health Coalition, The Lois Harrill Senior Center, Deerfield United Methodist Church and Appalachian's Food Pantry and Free Store.

To date, the farm and gardens have produced almost 300 pounds of donated produce, including fresh lettuce, broccoli, peppers, kale, squash and more.