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Extending the Growing Season

Grow Appalachia Program Director David  Cooke stands inside a gothic-style high tunnel built for Greenhouse17, a domestic violence shelter outside of Lexington, Ky. Photo courtesy Grow Appalachia

Appalachian farmers and gardeners are using season extension techniques such as high tunnels to expand growing opportunities.


Farming and Fracking

Round Right Farm is now a successful family enterprise. But while the Vortigerns are glad they retain their mineral rights, they worry that there might one day be fracking on neighboring land. Photos courtesy Round Right Farm

How uncertain property rights affect agriculture in West Virginia By Dave Walker This year will be Steve Vortigern and his wife Sunshine’s tenth year of farming in Preston County, W.Va. On 41 acres, they grow more than 40 different varieties


Appalachian Farmers to Benefit from Remote-Sensing Data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASA are working together to produce maps that will help farmers better prepare for the effects of climate change.


Resourceful and Resilient: June/July issue of The Appalachian Voice celebrates farmers

From determined Virginia cattle farmers to entrepreneurial vegetable growers in eastern Kentucky, the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice showcases the resourcefulness and resilience of our mountain farmers. In our features, Today’s Farming Frontier looks at how growers are adapting


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