University of Pikeville and AppHarvest unite for Earth Day Celebration

As like-minded organizations work to create opportunities for a whole new generation, the University of Pikeville announces a continuing partnership with AppHarvest in celebrating Earth Day 2021 to inspire people and make an effort to support the planet. 

Every year on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated across the globe. The day is customarily commemorated with outdoor activities demonstrating support for environmental preservation. These include planting trees, collecting roadside trash, and conducting, or participating in, recycling and conservation programs.

The partnership between UPIKE and AppHarvest aims to draw people’s attention to the mission of growing fresh, nutritious fruits and veggies for the betterment of people and the planet. 

In a joint effort to observe Earth Day, UPIKE will offer a plant-based menu in the City View Cafe and contribute to the convenience of recyclable takeaway containers.

In addition to celebrating Earth Day in a traditional sense, UPIKE’s Coleman College of Business hosted a virtual Q&A with AppHarvest’s Director of Community Outreach and People Programs Amy Samples, whose focus includes community partnerships and educational programs for AppHarvest. 

AppHarvest is building a sustainable, homegrown food supply that’s accessible to anyone, all year long. By making a stronger food system and creating America’s AgTech capital from within Eastern Kentucky, AppHarvest is on a mission to feed the future from the heart of Appalachia.

UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., is committed to working with AppHarvest to grow fresh food in Appalachia.

“The University of Pikeville has partnered with AppHarvest since the earliest moments in AppHarvest’s existence,” said Webb. “We believe our partnership with AppHarvest will yield fruit for decades to come.”