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Permaculture Ponds

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The Todds use permaculture principles to create sustainable systems that can improve water quality, treat wastewater and provide other benefits.

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Coalition explores innovative mine reclamation solutions in West Virginia

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Members of the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition visited an abandoned mine in Mingo County, W.Va., slated to become the site of a solar-powered aquaponics agriculture facility.

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Hemp and Medical Cannabis Make Joint Gains

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Industrial hemp could soon be legalized nationally under the 2018 Farm Bill, and Virginia could soon have up to five medical cannabis oil dispensaries in the state.

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New Growth on Former Coal Mines

Independent farmers and entrepreneurial groups are looking to abandoned mine land sites and seeing potential for agricultural projects, both large and small.

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Agricultural Runoff Defiles Shenandoah River

A recent report documented numerous instances of agricultural runoff polluting the Shenandoah River with the E. Coli bacteria.

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Industrial Hemp Offers Hope to Appalachia’s Farmers and Environment

Virginia farmers will soon be able to grow hemp for industrial purposes — albeit with restrictions. Industrial hemp farming is also being explored to varying degrees in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

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Wild Hogs a Source of Agriculture Trouble in Tennessee

A rapidly expanding population of wild hogs is causing a massive headache for farmers in Tennessee.

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In Defense of Food Security

Veteran farmers and gardeners find that working the land can help with the transition from solider to civilian.

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One Appalachian College Strives to Reforest Haiti

Sewanee students and Partners of Agriculture members monitor coffee tree saplings in their Haitian nursery. Photo by Charlotte Henderson

By Carvan Craft Growing Sustainable Students RELATED STORIES Greening the Ivory Tower: Smart institutions find smart ways to save energy Students lead divestment campaign against fossil fuels One Appalachian college strives to reforest Haiti Five schools make the switch to

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Children’s Gardening Program Cultivates Lifeskills from SCRATCH

By Megan Northcote When state legislators arrived at an annual conference at West Virginia State University last year, a 7-year-old girl marched up to numerous government officials, pointed to a brochure photograph of herself holding a tomato, and proudly announced,

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