Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms

Refresh Appalachia is a social enterprise that partners with Reclaim Appalachia to convert post-mine lands into productive and profitable agriculture and forestry enterprises that could be scaled up to put significant numbers of people in layoff-riddled Appalachia back to work. When Refresh Appalachia launched in 2015, West Virginia had the lowest workforce participation rate in the nation.

Will 'Climate Smart Agriculture' Serve the Public Interest – Or the Drive for Growing Profits for Private Corporations?

‘Climate smart agriculture’ has become the buzz phrase at high level international policy discussions. But now there is a struggle over its definition. Is it the latest manifestation for corporate social responsibility or the title of a manifesto for real, grassroots led, change, ask PETER NEWELL, JENNIFER CLAPP and ZOE BRENT

Changing Paradigms in Food and Farming — Part 1

Our world is in a bit of an uproar these days. Never before have we seen so many challenges come to the fore simultaneously. Here in Vermont, we are very fortunate to live in a rather civil society, especially when we consider the toxic political environment that we see on the national level. We still have plenty to worry about right here in our own state, however.

Fire Ecology’s Lessons for a More Resilient Future

There is no silver lining to a fire like those that struck Sonoma and Napa counties in October, or the still-burning Thomas Fire in Southern California. But for people like Willie and Erik Ohlsen, the North Bay fires are a wake-up call, a chance to proactively address the way the plants and animals of Northern California have co-evolved with fire—and to rebuild these communities with fire in mind.

Meet Ken Greene: A Book Worm With a Green Thumb…and a Passion for Seed Preservation

Ken Greene began offering seeds for loan at the Gardiner library. Patrons could choose heirloom and organic seeds to grow at home, and at the end of the season, they saved seeds and returned some to the library. “That’s how libraries work,” he says. “You bring back the story, the information, whatever you took out, to share with the community. In this case, it was seeds.”

At the Market: Healing People and the Planet

Marcus McCauley comes to his passion for healing naturally. “You need to nurture the soil if you want it to grow healthy plants and vegetables,” he says. In 2012 his family sold its ranch in Oklahoma and moved to Colorado in a quest for healing — for him, his family and his community.