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Slow Money

This post was contributed by Cheryl Brown. What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live? What if there were a new generation of companies that gave away 50%…

March 2015 Updates & Opportunities

Conferences and Events  Call for Papers: 2015 Food Studies Conference. September 18-19. Blacksburg, VA. Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Fifth International Conference on Food Studies to be held 18-19 September 2015 at the…

Gerunds, Articles, and Network

This post was contributed by Dr. Phil D’Adamo-Damery. In my recent work with the Appalachian Foodshed Project the concept of network has been popping up. See posts by Garland Mason and Susan Clark. It’s been popping around in my head…

February 2015 Updates and Opportunities

Conferences and Events  ASAP Business of Farming Conference. February 14th, 2015. University of North Carolina-Asheville. ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for those involved in local food and farming. Each year, approximately 250 area farmers,…

The Logistics of the Land

This post was contributed by Derrick Von Kundra. As noted by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), “Appalachia stands to reap substantial economic gains from the increase in foreign trade, especially with Latin America. However, failure to invest in the transportation…

Appalachian Community Gardens

This post was contributed by Willa Johnson. Appalachia had community gardens before community gardens were trendy. Summers growing up in Kentucky meant it was time for a garden. I would watch my dad come home every evening in his coal truck and…

Breaking Beans

This post was contributed by Mae Humiston. There’s a lot of talk about the future of eastern Kentucky. For decades, as in many other Appalachian communities, coal has been the main economic force in the area. Now, with a decline…