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Transition in Action: Jenny Williams

Transition in Action: J...

1.     Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? I am Jenny Williams, chair of Pathfinders of Perry County 2.     How does your organization contribute to improving health in the region? Pathfinders is a non-profit citizen action group that promotes community well-being,...

“Nigerian Appalac...

A few weeks ago, just as fall was starting to peek around the hillsides in Appalachia, I got to meet Tunde Wey. Tunde is a Nigerian-born chef based in New Orleans who came to my friend Lora’s Egypt, Ky. farm, Big Switch, to prepare part of a meal that Lora termed, “Nigerian...

Guest Blogs by KCEP: Me...

Today, we’re reprinting two blogs with permission from the Kentucky Center of Economic Policy (KCEP). The first looks at the coverage gains and economic impacts that expanded Medicaid has brought to the state of Kentucky; the second looks at the potential drop in enrollment should...

Transition in Action: H...

Health in Appalachia is a hot topic these days. It’s a cornerstone of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, through which many discussions about community health have been had. Smoking cessation is a big issue in the region right now, as is reducing obesity rates and building walking...
Food Entrepreneur Andrew Salmons on Local Foods and Transition in Action

Food Entrepreneur Andre...

Our final blog on local foods and Transition in Action this month comes from Corbin, Kentucky.  1. First off: Who are you? What hats do you wear? My name is Andrew Salmons and I’m the director of downtown Corbin, the owner of You and Me Coffee and Tea and one of the founders of The...
Transition in Action: Mae Humiston, Community Farm Alliance

Transition in Action: M...

September’s third guest blog comes to us from Mae Humiston, Development and Communications Associate for Community Farm Alliance. First off: Who are you? And what’s your role at your organization? My name is Mae Humiston. I was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia and...
Appalachia is a borderland: Lessons from the third annual Appalachian Food Summit

Appalachia is a borderl...

Food is the great equalizer. That wasn’t the official theme of this year’s Appalachian Food Summit, but it should be what most attendees walked away understanding when the last crumb of peach upside down cake was eaten. Presenters throughout the day-long program talked of...
MACED on Local Foods and Transition in Action

MACED on Local Foods an...

Guest blog #2 on local foods comes from Betsy Whaley with the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).  1. First off: Who are you? And what’s your role at your organization? I’m Betsy Whaley, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at MACED in Berea,...
Transition in Action: Andrew Crosson, Rural Support Partners

Transition in Action: A...

Our first guest blog post about local food comes to us from Andrew Crosson, the Director of Regional Initiatives at Rural Support Partners.  Who are you? And what’s your role at your organization? My name is Andrew Crosson. Through my organization, Rural Support Partners, I have the good...
Appalachian Harvest: Local Food and Ag Events Highlight Transition in Action

Appalachian Harvest: Lo...

As summer comes to a close, the harvest season is upon Appalachia, so it’s an excellent time to highlight the many local foods and agricultural events happening across the region. Whether celebratory or educational, the varied local foods landscape highlights a robust transition in...

Transition in Action: S...

September is about harvest. The last vestiges of summer planting are either being put up for winter, or picked for the plate at supper a few final times. Fall festivals also begin this month, teeming and busting at the seams with local delicacies being cooked to order, or sold in jars...
KFTC Member Steve Boyce Shares Thoughts on Transition in Action

KFTC Member Steve Boyce...

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) is celebrating its 35th year as a “statewide citizens’ organization working for a new balance of power and a just society.” As part of our series, Transition in Action, KFTC member Steve Boyce shared his thoughts on Just...
Transition in Action: Lyndsay Tarus, The Alliance for Appalachia

Transition in Action: L...

The follow is the first interview of our new series, Transition in Action. This one comes to us from Lyndsay Tarus, the Economic Transition Coordinator at the Alliance for Appalachia. The Alliance for Appalachia – which is based in Knoxville, Tenn. – is “a regional alliance...
Spotlight on Ashoka’s Social Entrepreneur Fellowship

Spotlight on AshokaR...

Ashoka – an international organization based outside of Washington, D.C. – supports social entrepreneurs around the world who are making positive impacts in their communities. Ashoka has a variety of programs, including some that work with children and youth (www.startempathy.org). But...