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Appalachia is a borderland: Lessons from the third annual Appalachian Food Summit

Appalachia is a borderl...

Food is the great equalizer. That wasn’t the official theme of this year’s Appalachian Food Summit, but it should be what most attendees walked away understanding when the last crumb of peach upside down cake was eaten. Presenters throughout the day-long program talked of...
MACED on Local Foods and Transition in Action

MACED on Local Foods an...

Guest blog #2 on local foods comes from Betsy Whaley with the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).  1. First off: Who are you? And what’s your role at your organization? I’m Betsy Whaley, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at MACED in Berea,...
Transition in Action: Andrew Crosson, Rural Support Partners

Transition in Action: A...

Our first guest blog post about local food comes to us from Andrew Crosson, the Director of Regional Initiatives at Rural Support Partners.  Who are you? And what’s your role at your organization? My name is Andrew Crosson. Through my organization, Rural Support Partners, I have the good...
Appalachian Harvest: Local Food and Ag Events Highlight Transition in Action

Appalachian Harvest: Lo...

As summer comes to a close, the harvest season is upon Appalachia, so it’s an excellent time to highlight the many local foods and agricultural events happening across the region. Whether celebratory or educational, the varied local foods landscape highlights a robust transition in...

Transition in Action: S...

September is about harvest. The last vestiges of summer planting are either being put up for winter, or picked for the plate at supper a few final times. Fall festivals also begin this month, teeming and busting at the seams with local delicacies being cooked to order, or sold in jars...
KFTC Member Steve Boyce Shares Thoughts on Transition in Action

KFTC Member Steve Boyce...

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) is celebrating its 35th year as a “statewide citizens’ organization working for a new balance of power and a just society.” As part of our series, Transition in Action, KFTC member Steve Boyce shared his thoughts on Just...
Transition in Action: Lyndsay Tarus, The Alliance for Appalachia

Transition in Action: L...

The follow is the first interview of our new series, Transition in Action. This one comes to us from Lyndsay Tarus, the Economic Transition Coordinator at the Alliance for Appalachia. The Alliance for Appalachia – which is based in Knoxville, Tenn. – is “a regional alliance...

Spotlight on AshokaR...

Ashoka – an international organization based outside of Washington, D.C. – supports social entrepreneurs around the world who are making positive impacts in their communities. Ashoka has a variety of programs, including some that work with children and youth (www.startempathy.org). But...

Transition in Action: A...

Economic transition in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia is nothing new. Our economy has had to shift many times over the years as industries have come and gone, and boomed and busted. Even the most recent collapse of the coal industry has been a long-term transition as increased...
Three Just Transition Examples in Appalachia

Three Just Transition E...

This month the focus at Renew Appalachia is on Just Transition and exploring exactly what that means, particularly in the rural areas of Central Appalachia. It’s important, though, to point out that Just Transition is more than just a lofty idea; it’s playing out in communities across...
Transition in Action: What is ‘Appalachian Transition?’

Transition in Action: W...

The Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development – and many others – believe eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia are experiencing an important moment. While the region has always faced change, current and urgent trends require big solutions, and are creating a...

New Blog Series, ‘...

We here at Renew Appalachia have always been committed to highlighting the great economic transition work that’s happening across the Central Appalachian region. It’s important to us that our readers know about the many different aspects of economic transition that are...
Eastern Kentuckian’s familial oral history collection teaches lessons about the region’s future

Eastern Kentuckian̵...

A person’s entire demeanor changes when you ask them to tell you about their history. They settle in and get comfortable with the conversation. They open up their hearts to you and sit in a realm of intimacy, and talk with you as a friend. When they know you care about what they have to...
Estill Development Alliance to Host Community-Building Conference, #EstillRising

Estill Development Alli...

On Friday, July 29th, the Estill Development Alliance will host a one-day conference-style event in downtown Irvine, Kentucky. Five track sessions will focus primarily on projects across Kentucky with successful community impacts. The event aims to involve Estill County residents in...