How to Use SFF Funding For Your FARM

Imagine the sun doing double duty on your farm by growing your agricultural products while also powering your equipment and infrastructure. Installing solar power solutions is a bonus for your bottom line. Get direct funding & assistance for your farm’s solar projects The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund https://solarfinancefund.org/index.php/how-it-works/ jump-starts emerging local solar markets in Central […]

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A Fair Food System: Summit 5 Recap

 Summit Five January 26, 2023 9:00AM–1:00PM EST Day Four Recording: Coming soon! Slides: CAN Summit 5 Slides Links & Additional Resources: “Food as Medicine: Current Efforts and Potential Opportunities” testimony before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research: https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/hearings/food-as-medicine-current-efforts-and-potential-opportunities Appalachian Harvest Food Hub: https://www.asdevelop.org/programs-resources/food-hub/ Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub:  […]

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SOLAR SUCCESS STORY: St. Paul Lutheran Church

PROJECT DETAILS FUNDING:  $14,064 in July 2022. This gift covered a quarter of the church’s total investment toward the project. PLACEMENT: A 31-kW solar array was installed on the 60-year-old church’s roof. IMPACT: The efforts in solar have provided lasting opportunities for the church to engage in “green ministry” by reducing its ecological footprint. COST […]

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Solar Power Funding Blazes New Jobs for West Virginia’s Coal-Impacted Communities

Solar power is bringing jobs and aiding a just transition for southern West Virginia communities thanks to a generous federal grant award. The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund (SFF) is proud to be part of the Appalachian Climate Technologies (ACT Now) Coalition’s RePower Appalachia initiative! This historic West Virginia-based coalition won a $62.8 million grant award […]

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A Fair Food System: Summit 4 Recap

Summit Four October 27, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST Day Four Recording: https://youtu.be/7oFSRn5E3RU Slides: https://www.cannetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/CAN-Summit-4-Slides.pdf Summit Four Jamboard: https://www.cannetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/CAN-Summit-4-Jamboard.pdf Links & Additional Resources: NIFA Listens Stakeholder Input Opportunity on 11/02: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/nifa-listens-2022 GusNIP Program Page: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/grants/programs/hunger-food-security-programs/gus-schumacher-nutrition-incentive-program 2022 GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Program RFA: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/grants/funding-opportunities/gusnip-nutrition-incentive-program 2022 GusNIP Produce Prescription Program RFA: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/grants/funding-opportunities/gus-schumacher-nutrition-incentive-program-produce-prescription 2022 RFA Webinars: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/gusnip-webinars FAQs: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/gusnip-faqs KP&P Survey for ARC […]

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A Fair Food System: Summit 3 Recap

Summit Three September 22, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST Day Three Recording: https://youtu.be/-hdIahv0CuY Slides: https://www.cannetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/CAN-Summit-3-Slides.pdf https://www.cannetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/CAN-NIFA-Presentation-Slides.pdf https://www.cannetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/USDA-Recovery-Programs.pdf Links & Additional Resources: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/grants/programs/agriculture-food-research-initiative-afri/rapid-response-extreme-weather-events-across-food-agriculture-systems-a1712 Attendee Survey: https://form.jotform.com/222404421097044 Speakers We are proud to welcome a litany of talented food systems experts from across Appalachia. Below, you can read about each speaker slated to present at the second session of A Fair […]

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CAN Development Consultant and Coordinator: Request for Proposals

The Next Phase of the Central Appalachian Network A note from the CAN Steering Committee & Rural Support Partners: We are writing, with tremendous excitement, to update you about the Central Appalachian Network’s (CAN) next phase of development. CAN is in the strongest position it has ever been with over 100 practitioner organizations collaborating within […]

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Appalachian Voices Seeks New Economy Field Coordinator

New Economy Field Coordinator Posted on January 26, 2022 About Appalachian Voices Appalachian Voices is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to achieve an Appalachia with healthy, intact ecosystems and advance a just transition to a generative and equitable clean energy economy. We have 30 staff members located in offices in Boone, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., […]

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Rural Action seeks a Beginning Farmer Outreach Assistant for its Sustainable Agriculture Program

Rural Action’s Sustainable Agriculture program is currently hiring a Beginning Farmer Outreach Assistant. Learn more here. The Beginning Farmer Outreach Assistant will be the key point of contact between Rural Action and partners to recruit beginning farmers to participate in our Whole Farm project, establish and maintain a data management system to track support to farmers in […]

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CAN Members’ Collaborative Project Builds Food Access in Rural Ohio Communities

Veggie Van Builds Healthy Food Access in Rural Ohio Communities By: Rachel Brunot   If you have ever been to the Chesterhill Produce Auction or live in Glouster, Nelsonville or Coolville, you may have seen a large van emblazoned with gorgeous photos of vegetables. It’s the Veggie Van. The Veggie Van is a collaborative project of […]

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The Solar Finance Fund Awarded $1.5M by the ARC’s POWER Initiative

The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund is a new project to catalyze commercial & institutional solar projects in coal-impacted communities throughout Central Appalachia. Through the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund, Appalachian Voices will partner with the Central Appalachian Network, Partner Community Capital, Invest Appalachia and New Resource Solutions to accelerate solar development and economic growth in the […]

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Help Wanted: Finance Director at Rural Action

Rural Action is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Finance Director. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Finance Director works closely with the CEO to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative and financial systems including budgeting, audit, accounting, legal, and human resources. The finance director will perform these functions for all […]

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