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A Fair Food System: Summit 3 Recap

Day 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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A Fair Food System: Summit 2 Recap

Day Two August 25, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST Day Two Recording: https://youtu.be/Dp4f04r7l0A Please note: YouTube copyright doesn’t allow the inclusion of the United Shades of America episode we viewed during the summit and has been removed, our apologies. Slides: https://www.cannetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/CAN-Summit-2-Slides.pdf Speakers We are proud to welcome a litany of talented food systems experts from across Appalachia. Below, you […]

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A Fair Food System: Summit 1 Recap

Day One July 28, 2022 9:00AM–1:00PM EST Day One Recording: https://youtu.be/m9naRUBzEsY Day One Slides: https://www.cannetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/A-Fair-Food-System-Day-One-Slides.pdf 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 first session of A Fair Food System: A Summit on Scalable Solutions to Creating […]

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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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A Fair Food System: Community Food Systems Summit Series in Central Appalachia

A community food system is a complex system in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of a particular place. Locally grown food is fresher, making it more nutritious. It builds the local economy as money circulates to farmers and businesses in the […]

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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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