Working for a more just and sustainable Appalachia.

The Central Appalachian Network (CAN)’s mission is to develop and deploy economic strategies that build wealth in local communities, conserve natural and cultural resources, and empower marginalized communities. We work in collaboration across sectors, partnering with other non-profits, community groups, funders, educational institutions, local government, and private business. CAN actively pursues economic transition in Central Appalachian communities through a variety of economic sectors and market-based strategies, and currently focuses on:

Food Systems Clean Energy Creative Placemaking

How We Work

CAN is a network of networks, anchored by a Steering Committee of 7 non-profit organizations. CAN’s sector-focused networks coordinate regional analysis and strategies in areas like Food & Ag, Clean Energy, and Creative Placemaking. Our network of practitioner partners includes over 50 different organizations working on community economic development, including non-profits, local government agencies, lenders, community groups, social enterprises, and academic institutions. CAN’s roles include supporting peer-to-peer learning, collaborative strategies, organizational capacity-building, cross-sector partnership, demonstration projects, in-person convening, and field-building research & publications.

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Events & Happenings

There is a lot happening across our region every day! To help share, promote, and keep track of all the activities CAN partners are involved in, use this shared calendar to share information about your upcoming events and learn about other happenings.

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Stories & Resources

Ohio’s Winding Road Stories: The Tranquility of the Equine Experience

This story was originally published on the Winding Road website found here.  BY GRANT JOY As stress and uncertainty build, […]

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The Joys of Ohio’s Winding Road: Reciprocity and a Return to Regional Roots

This post was originally published on Ohio’s Winding Road website. BY GRANT JOY Photos courtesy of Dustin Massengill Historically in […]

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I don't see anything currently scheduled, but wondered if Rural Action will be doing any online workshops on topics like food-safe pest control, harvesting, food storage, seed saving (especially seed saving) partly for myself, but also seeing a large number of first-time 2020 Victory Gardeners out there 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Rural Action

Check out the Chesterhill Produce Auction tomorrow for their specialty Saturday auction. You'll find beautiful pieces of handcrafted furniture, fresh local produce, and livestock!! The auction starts at 11:00 am. ... See MoreSee Less

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Community Farm Alliance

Applications are due for the Kentucky Black Farmer Fund TODAY at 7PM ET.

Have you applied, yet? There's still time.

✴️If you need help with your application please do not hesitate to reach out.

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The second session “Infused oils & salves, Harvest & post-Harvest handling” is tomorrow! If you were able to snag a spot, look for an email with the session link & special instructions. We’ll see you tomorrow at 10am & 2pm! ... See MoreSee Less

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