Bob Benz

True Pigments, Gamblin Artists Colors Plan Release Party for Paints Made From Pollution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 3, 2020 The Plains, OH — True Pigments, LLC, a social enterprise of Rural Action, is throwing a release party on March 19 to unveil a limited-edition oil paint set that Gamblin Artists Colors created from acid mine drainage (AMD).  “Every speck of pigment in these tubes has been painstakingly reclaimed from .. read more

On March 3rd, 2020, posted in: Latest News by

Support Watershed Restoration at the Mud Run Fish Fry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 24, 2020 Mineral City, Ohio — The Mud Run Stream Keepers will host their Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, March 7 from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Tuscarawas VFW Post 7943. Dinners will be $10 each and include fresh fish, fries, coleslaw, a roll, and dessert.  Bring the entire family to support .. read more

On February 24th, 2020, posted in: Latest News by

Count Birds This Weekend, Then Get Ready for Birds in the Hills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 14, 2020 The Plains, Ohio —  While you’re participating in the 23rd annual Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Birds in the Hills, a three-day festival in May that celebrates Southeast Ohio’s feathered friends. Birds in the Hills, scheduled for May 8-10, will give people .. read more

On February 13th, 2020, posted in: Latest News by

Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative Joins Rural Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2019 The Plains, OH — For more than 25 years, building a robust secure local food system has been an integral part of Rural Action’s work. In that time, improving food security in our region has meant working with a network of farmers to diversify crop production in the region .. read more

On January 13th, 2020, posted in: Latest News by

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