A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Running on Reality: A Conversation with Anthony Flaccavento

An abridged version of this interview was published in the print edition of our June/July 2013 issue. Here’s the full transcript. For more than 20 years, Anthony Flaccavento has worked to build bridges between small-scale organic growers like himself and

Addressing Food Insecurity

Finding New Ways To Feed Families Story by David Brewer The welcome arrival of spring and summer in Appalachia represents that magical time of year when, instead of bundling up for a trip to the grocery store, we toss on

New Rules Stoke Fear of Fracking on Public Lands

By Brian Sewell When the U.S. Department of the Interior released updated draft rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands, environmental advocates responded much as they did when the initial draft was released in 2012 — with

Virginia Teacher and Landowner Faces Energy Extraction

Landowner and teacher Gail Marney resides on an inter-generational family farm in the south. Her great-great grandfather moved here in the early 1800s and served in the Civil War. Now she finds her home threatened by natural gas extraction.

6,000 Acres of Blue Ridge Preserved

By Chelsey Fisher Nearly 6,000 acres of land in the Appalachian region were purchased or donated for conservation purposes in the same month Environment North Carolina released 10 reasons why the state General Assembly should restore conservation funds in the

Running On Reality: A Conversation with Anthony Flaccavento

This is an abridged version of this interview that published in the print edition of our June/July 2013 issue. You can read the full transcript here. For more than 20 years, Anthony Flaccavento has worked to build bridges between small-scale

Garden Advice from the Experts!

As we prepared this agriculture-themed issue of The Appalachian Voice, we couldn’t help but think of how to improve our own green thumbs. We took the following questions to Ruth Gonzalez and Meredith McKissick at the Organic Growers School, a

Heirloom Plants Preserve Tradition and Heritage

By Alix John Woody Malot loves talking about heirloom seeds and seed saving. He gives out heirloom seeds to his friends and students, offers advice on how to grow them and emphasizes their stories and heritage. He is currently the

Making It Last

The Easement’s Role in Protecting Family Acreage By Matt Grimley Once covered by corn, cattle and tobacco, the land surrounding Philip Fortune’s fifth-generation family farm near Asheville, N.C., was subdivided into roadways and developments. Unable to continue operating without difficulty,

Adapting Farms to Face the Climate Challenge

By Brian Sewell Around the world, farmers are arguably the first to feel the impacts of climate change, and of all the systems put at risk, food may be the most fragile. Some of the largest grain and livestock producing