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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: 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

Rural Action Announces the Acquisition of UpGrade Ohio

12/13/18 The Plains, OH – Rural Action is pleased to announce that UpGrade Ohio has become a part of Rural Action, increasing the organizations capacity to work in the sustainable energy sector. Upgrade formed in 2014 as a special project of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC). Upgrade Ohio, worked in Athens and the .. read more

On December 13th, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Rural Action Announces Debbie Phillips as new CEO

The Plains, OH – Rural Action is pleased to announce Debbie Phillips as Rural Action’s new Chief Executive Officer. She will begin her new role effective April 9, 2018. “Debbie has a strong commitment to Rural Action and to our region. She has been a forceful advocate for Rural Action in her Development Director role .. read more

On April 3rd, 2018, posted in: Latest News by

Rollin’ Old School – Dow’s Roller Rink of Nelsonville

Roger and Helen Smith have owned and operated Dow’s Rollarena for over 50 years. Originally built in 1952 by Dow McCune, it remains an active part of the regional community by providing fun on eight wheels. Located just outside Nelsonville city limits, people come from nearby villages like Chauncey and The Plains and from further .. read more

On February 13th, 2018, posted in: Latest News by