Growing Appalachia (Prestonsburg, KY)


The Floyd County Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and M.A.C.E.D.( Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development) have worked together for the last several years to offer a full day of presentations on sustainable agricultural and energy topics. This year the event is scheduled for April 14th from 9am to 4pm at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center in Prestonsburg, KY. The keynote speaker will be Anthony Flaccavento.

Each session is 50 minutes and there are four scheduled in the day plus lunch and keynote—it’s a full day. The hard part is choosing which sessions to pick. Here are the sessions and presenters.



– Intro to Low-Cost Organic Gardening (Michael Bomford, Kentucky State University): All about the basics of growing organically while saving money

– DIY Season Extension (Michael Bomford, Kentucky Sate University): Build your own greenhouse, high tunnel, or low tunnel and grow vegetables year-round

– Organic Soil Building and Composting (Sean Clark, Berea College): Generate rich, fertile soils and make your own compost from local materials

– Seed Saving and Heirlooms (Bill Best, Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center): Save your own seeds and learn about heirloom varieties from a nationally-known master

– Perennials: Plants, Value-Adding, and Polyculture (Kirk Pomper, Kentucky State University): Overview of shrubs, trees, canes, and other plants that can be grown in "stacked systems" and provide high-value produce



– Farmer's Markets in Central Appalachia (Savanna Lyons, WV Food & Farm Coalition; Keith Hackworth, Floyd County Extension): Examples of successful farmer's markets in southern WV and overview of KY requirements

– Innovative Marketing Channels (Anthony Flaccavento, Rural Scale): A regional marketing pioneer describes ways to get products to markets that are new, expanding, and profitable

– Small Farm Financials and Funding Options (Martin Richards, Community Farm Alliance) How to start with basic financial planning and record keeping, also grants and cost-share opportunities

– Food Preservation, Value-Adding, and Community Facilities (Greg Golden, Jackson County Food Center; Brian Geier, Sour Power): Hear examples of community food processing facilities that enable up-to-code production of value-added products



– Solar Applications for East KY (Danny Tolson, Alternative Energies KY): Local solar panel manufacturing and installation company talks about opportunities for solar power in the hills and hollers

– Strip Mine Reforestation and Bioenergy (Nathan Hall, Green Forests Work): How strip mined lands in Appalachia can be converted back to native hardwood forests while also providing feedstocks for distributed renewable energy

– Energy Efficiency for Low Income Families + How$mart (Chris Woolery, Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development): Home weatherization, saving money and energy, and tapping into new incentive programs

Contact the Floyd County chapter of KFTC for more information at 606-263-4982 or