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Jerry Moles

Jerry Moles has a rich history of organizing people and communities across the world and locally in southwest Virginia. Most recently, Jerry serves as a facilitator for Grayson LandCare in Grayson County. He assists people to select goals, and in the process, helps discover what must be done to pursue those specific goals. Jerry stresses the importance of listening to people and involving them in decision-making. He believes that tackling problems at the grassroots level can make a difference. To make a difference in farmers’ lives in the southwest Virginia, Jerry helps to promote collaboration and cooperation, linking everyone from the field to the fork. To him, success is about igniting a movement, getting people on the same page to go in the same direction. Jerry’s story highlights several examples, focusing mostly on the work of Grayson LandCare and the Blue Ridge Platea.

Here’s a link to Jerry’s full narrative: Jerry Moles

Keywords: Virginia, vibrant farms, sustainable ecosystems, thriving local economies.

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