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Grassroots Progress Report Evaluates Obama’s Legacy in Appalachia

Grassroots Progress Report Evaluates Obama’s Legacy in Appalachia
The report discusses the Obama Administration’s successes and shortfalls in addressing the impacts of mountaintop removal and investing in a just and sustainable economy in Appalachia.
Read the report here : (Grassroots Progress Report)
 
Following a tumultuous year for the coal industry, including the disastrous coal-chemical spill that left 300,000 without access to clean water in West Virginia, and increasing layoffs as coal mining continues to decline, a coalition of Appalachian citizen groups are demanding increased action from the Obama Administration.… Read the rest

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AppalCEED’s first Harvest workshop a success!

On Saturday, November 8th, a group of about 30 people gathered at Mountain Rose Vineyard in Wise, VA for The Harvest: Wise County Apple Days, an event focused on Apples, Hard Apple Cider, and the potential for new economic engines in our region based on these industries. The event was hosted by Appalachian Communities Encouraging Economic Diversity, or AppalCEED.… Read the rest

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The Harvest: Apples, Cider, and Apple Cideries for Economic Diversity

 
Wise County, Virginia was once among the top apple producing counties in the United States and a local group, AppalCEED, which stands for Appalachian Communities Encouraging Economic Diversity, would like to see apples become a viable part of our economy once again.Our first AppalCEED workshop, in early spring of this year, focused on grafting apple trees and included a spirited panel discussion made up of local apple growers.On Saturday, November 8th, from 12pm to 4pm at the MountainRose Winery in Wise, VA, AppalCEED will host a second event, “The Harvest”, focused on creating hard apple cider breweries, which have proven to be successful businesses in other parts of Virginia and surrounding states.The event will begin with lunch at noon followed by a tour of the Mountain Rose Winery and Vineyards. … Read the rest

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SAMS Mourns the Passing of Judiana Stines

While the last few months have been marked by success and victory, our hearts are heavy with the recent loss of one of our beloved board members, Judiana Stines. Jude went to be with her Lord on Tuesday September 30th after a long and painful struggle from complications with diabetes.
Judiana is remembered by us all for her unshakable optimism and joy.… Read the rest

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