Written by: Jacob Hannah, Coalfield Development Corporation TRADITIONALLY, the notion of “sustainability” as we know it today was being humbly pioneered here in Appalachia. We can all recall stories of how the “grandparent generation” canned and dried their excess food, planted their own gardens, made their own tools, repaired them when they broke, and used […]
This past November, the Central Appalachian Network hosted its 2nd Regional Peer-to-Peer Convening at Tamarack in Beckley, WV. Over 100 economic development practitioners, community change makers, funders, and sector experts gathered at the Convening to connect and build their shared regional analysis for the Central Appalachian region. This year’s Convening offered attendees 4 different session […]
A summary of the first ever “Sassafrass Moon” herbal heritage festival, held in Erwin, Tennessee to celebrate the region’s herbal heritage.
CAN has finished compiling local food systems data for 2018, and we are excited to share the results from another successful year! Highlights include over $20 Million in producer sales, over 1,100 year-round jobs, $16 Million in wholesale buyer purchases.
The last of these healthy food access case studies is Chefs in Schools, a program of Community Farm Alliance and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
The fourth of these healthy food access case studies is Farm to Institution to School, a program of Rural Action, ACEnet, Hocking College, and the Southeast Ohio Food Bank.
The second of these healthy food access case studies is My Mobile Market, a program of Williamson Health & Williamson Center and the Williamson Farmers Market.
The Central Appalachian Network (CAN) and its partners have been working to improve access to healthy food for individuals and families in the Central Appalachian region through local initiatives in their communities. Over the past year, six of these healthy food access initiatives have been published as case studies through a partnership between CAN […]
COMMUNITY PAINT MURAL WITH ART CAMP KIDS Let us introduce ourselves; we are Mindy and Dan Click, volunteers with the Grayson Gallery & Art Center. In May of 2011, we approached the Grayson Tourism & Convention Commission with a request… could we open an art gallery in the former Grayson Fire Station building during […]
In November of 2018 the Central Appalachian Network held its first Regional Peer-to-Peer Convening at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. Approximately 115 people attended the event, including economic development practitioners, community change makers, funders, and sector experts working in the Central Appalachian region. Discussions were focused on individual sectors and topics, and on cross-cutting issues affecting the equitable transition of the Central Appalachian region. The three concurrent session tracks focused on the three topics of CAN’s working groups: Food and Agriculture Systems, Clean Energy, and Creative Placemaking.
Over the months leading up to this past winter, I was given the opportunity to work with CAN and their many partner organizations across the Appalachian region to highlight the work they are doing to improve healthy food access in their communities. I captured these initiatives through a number of short videos, each highlighting a different project described in recently completed case studies conducted and published by CAN and the Appalachian Funders Network.