Bob Benz

Rural Action’s True Pigments Earns National Prize for Social Innovation

For Release November 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ESTContact: JMKInnovationPrize@JMKFund.org Environmental Justice Initiative Selected by J.M. Kaplan Fund from 1,300+ Ideas, Joins Nationwide Cohort of Social Innovation Leaders New York City –The J.M. Kaplan Fund announced today the results of its nationwide search to identify ten exceptionally catalytic social and environmental change initiatives. One of the ten awardees –True .. read more

On November 14th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

Mary Anne Flournoy Left a Legacy of Love

The only measure of your words and your deeds will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.— Fred Small Mary Anne Flournoy certainly left a lot of love, and many of our lives are richer for having known her.   “What can I do to help?” When Carol Kuhre remembers Mary Anne, that’s the phrase .. read more

On November 6th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative Gets an Assist from Rural Action

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2019 Ginseng, goldenseal, black-cohosh, ramps … these native Appalachian plants are prized around the world for their culinary and medicinal properties.  The West Virginia Forest Farming Initiative (WVFFI), a new project funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, will help West Virginia become a leader in responsibly cultivating and supplying .. read more

On November 5th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

What Kind of Fish Is This? The Answer Helps Measure Stream Health

Nate Schlater is sitting beside Eightmile Creek, sorting through a net full of fish that were just scooped from a live well. He pulls out a writhing silvery minnow and turns it belly-up. “See that mark on the underside of its jaw?” he asks. “It looks like a horseshoe. This is a stoneroller.” With that, .. read more

On October 11th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

It’s Black Walnut Season at CPA

It was quiet. Too quiet. Rural Action’s Joe Barbaree and Eugene Hancock walked around the massive walnut huller at Chesterhill Produce Auction, trying to figure out why it had quit running midway through processing a large batch of black walnuts. They checked to make sure there was enough gas. After realizing there was plenty, they .. read more

On October 4th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by

This fish tale is just a bit shocking …

“There ain’t no fish in that crick. Just minnies.” That was a farmer’s response when we stopped to ask permission to sample Eightmile Creek across from his spread in Washington County, Ohio. We had gathered in Amesville early that morning for the hour ride toward Marietta, where we planned to use fish shocking to sample .. read more

On September 25th, 2019, posted in: Latest News by