Farmers Markets and Food Deserts
Great first day at the West Side Farmer’s Market! Thanks to all who came out, bought some veggies, did a little screen-printing, and talked about West Virginia’s local agriculture movement. Food deserts are growing problems in both urban and rural areas as we become disconnected with the things we eat and have less access to fresh produce. This USDA sponsored farmer’s market is hoping to change that on the West Side of Charleston.
Props to the awesome board members who planned the event, the oh-so-intelligent consultants we worked with on this project, Kate Nielsen for the beautiful custom drawn illustrations, and all the amazing vendors for making this happen! We loved teaching passers-by how to screen print, and happy they could take their very own print home with the market’s initiative to promote dialogue.
Our Donut logo for Vandalia Donut Co about to hit the streets in this family-run, handmade Donut-making 1970s restored camper with deep Appalachian roots because DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Cherry on top: our favorite sign-painter @payleigh could be the lady to bring this to life. Donuts in donuts y'all. AND, we learned so much about local farm ingredients and Appalachian ag history on this project from this really special and thoughtful family. #lookingatappalachia #appalachianmade #supportsmallbusinessamerica #donuts ❤️❤️ 🍩🍩📷by @payleigh !
Published on Oct 18, 2017
About to launch a two year project in the works to a room of 800 people at the Transportation National Convention in Denver. 😬Because independent local businesses are the cornerstone of America. 🚕🚕🚕🚕🚕🚕🚕🚕 #celebrating100years
Published on Oct 09, 2017
Appalachian Headwaters, one of our newest projects, featured by the @nytimes for their good work in #WV 🐝🌳🌎
"In Hinton, West Virginia, a nonprofit called Appalachian Headwaters is converting a 1940s summer camp into an apiary. Their aim: to help displaced coal workers and military veterans get into the #honey business. The area is “bee paradise,” says Deborah Delaney, who oversees the #apiary and bee program at @udelaware. It’s largely forest, unsullied by the pesticides that threaten the insects in industrial farm areas, and it has plant species like black locust and sourwood whose honey can fetch a high price. Deborah and the nonprofit’s staff are currently working to get the colony established on a hillside behind electrified wire fencing to protect them from bears. Next spring, they plan to distribute about 150 hives to 35 beekeepers, either free or through a low- or no-interest loan. Come harvest time, the #beekeepers would bring their honey-laden frames to the camp for extraction and processing; organizers would pay them for their yield and then sell the honey to support the program. @george_etheredge photographed these #🐝s from the apiary in Hinton, West Virginia. Visit the link in our profile to read more about alternative-energy jobs in coal country."
Published on Oct 03, 2017
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