What is Social Enterprise?

Rural Action is engaged in diversifying the local economy throughout the Appalachian region of Ohio. Social enterprise exists on a continuum that blends a market approach with a mission that helps the community and the environment. The triple bottom line approach of using business tools to foster prosperity, protect the planet, and benefit people is the sweet spot of social enterprise.

Our Social Enterprises

Since 2009, Rural Action has owned and operated the Chesterhill Produce Auction, a social enterprise that connects thousands of customers throughout Ohio and West Virginia with hundreds of growers who sell local produce, livestock, and wood products at wholesale prices.

Zero Waste Event Productions, LLC, founded in 2015 works as a waste diversion service provider at music festivals and public events, educates the public and festival attendees about the benefits of landfill diversion, and creates and encourages long-term sustainable reuse and recycling practices.

True Pigments, LLC produces ferric oxide (Fe2O3) pigment from acid mine drainage to facilitate the restoration of seven miles of Sunday Creek, fostering the rejuvenation of aquatic ecosystems and biological communities and to stimulate job growth and economic development in the region and produce opportunities for economic development related to recreation, fish, and wildlife.


National Service Members

Each year, Rural Action mobilizes more than 35 energetic and passionate people across the region to help small communities do big things through our Leadership Development and Service program. Our National Service members serve in communities through a yearlong commitment as part of our Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps, an AmeriCorps State/National program administered by Rural Action, or our through our AmeriCorps VISTA program, Rural Renewal. See members who are currently serving with Rural Action here or learn more about how we are growing local leaders here.