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: Milk House Cottage & Gardens

This post was originally published on the Winding Road website found here. BY GRANT JOY The agrarian lifestyle is a […]

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

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It continues to be a tough summer for our network artists, makers and artisans. So many events and festivals have been cancelled, that they rely on for their annual livelihoods. Many retailers are also not open. But we do want to thank our friends in the city of Athens: The Farmacy, Kindred Market, Passion Works Studio, the Art Market and Ohio is Home for creating places to shop for locally produced items. I know I am missing many other places that might have reopened and showcase local. Please give a shout out. This week, I intend to feature many more communities. So feel free to email me at with up to date info. ... See MoreSee Less

For 10 years, we've been rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up. Learn more here: ... See MoreSee Less

🎉🎉🎉Kentucky farmers markets are always busy places. Today, we highlight 📣 three markets who put on some extra activity for National Farmers Market Week.

In true social distancing fashion, Breathitt Co. Farmer's Market took their activity to the airwaves, hosting trivia on the local radio station. The winner 🏆got a gift certificate to the market.

Greenup County Farmers Market vendor Shane Fields got some creative press 📰 for National Farmers Market Week when his poem for the occasion was published in the Daily Independent newspaper in Ashland. Greenup County market also put together a market basket, won by a customer.

In Manchester, the vendors of Clay County Community Farmers Market put together a beautiful market basket of goods, with the winner🎖 drawn in a live video.

We also want to thank Lexington Farmers Market for hosting this year's NFMW press conference.

How else did markets celebrate National Farmers Market week? Let us know in the comments.⬇️ We love to hear from you.
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We're celebrating 10 Years of Coalfield and reflecting on some of our defining moments! 2010 was our inaugural year - for more highlights, visit our website!
#10years #coalfielddevelopment #rebuildingappalachia
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