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ABFFC Privacy Policy

Please read below our privacy and data collection policies, and about our commitment to keeping your information safe. Our email newsletter complies with GDPR Standards,

and you may opt-out at anytime. ABFFC sends out seasonal newsletters about forest

farming topics, resources for growing and training as well as upcoming events. 

We use surveys and the secured anonymous demographic information that we collect

from them in order to better understand our membership base and expand our reach,

local and regional programs, and resources like grants and educational events.

The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition is committed to protecting the privacy of our members and online visitors. We have created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our website. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at the URL


In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy. Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our website. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.


Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of:


  • What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Site;

  • Who collects such information;

  • How such information is used;

  • With whom your information may be shared;

  • What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information;

  • What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control; and

  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.


Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition by sending an email to the website administrator or using the below form. Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.


What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information

Our membership forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), location, interests, and similar information. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.

Surveys & Demographic Information

Part of our free membership sign up asks for a completed short survey that includes information about how you describe yourself, your state and county, birth year and gender. This information will be used solely for the purposes of resource allocation and broad demographic information that allows us to offer trainings, programs and events in your area.

Internet Protocol Address

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users’ movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of “Cookies”

Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some Web sites transfer to the computer that is browsing that Web site and are used for record-keeping purposes at many Web sites. Use of cookies makes web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular website and to make sure you don’t see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.



All information provided to Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.


Other Websites

Our Site contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.


Contacting the Site Admin

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this website, or your dealings with this website, you can contact the Website Administrator for the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition, or use the form here on the Contact Page.

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