Issue 2 – Summer 2010



Goats Galore! Forging a Life as a Dairy Farmer

By Julie Johnson John and Andrea Woodworth operate a small goat dairy farm outside of Gate City, Va. Thirty-five alpine goats provide the family with enough milk to make a variety of cheeses, which they sell at local farmers markets


Home Grown: From Farm to Farmer's Market, Appalachians Seek to Bring New Meaning to Modern Agriculture

Story by Bill Kovarik Stroll through any farmer’s market and you’ll find a riot of color, taste, and sensation. And, quite likely, crowds of consumers. Farmers markets are the most visible sign of rapid change in agriculture. For consumers it


Business As Usual At Massey

Story by Jed Grubbs It’s been two months since the deadly April 5 explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine claimed the lives of 29 American Miners in Raleigh County, West Virginia. The incident, which was our nation’s


Ison Rock Ridge, Spruce No. 1 Mining Permits On the Line

By Jamie Goodman Coalfields residents and conservation groups continue their ongoing tug-of-war with the coal industry over new mountaintop removal mining permits. In a massive blow for the environment, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) announced approval


Beware of Muggles: The Quest for the Geocache

Story by Maureen Halsema Space Cadet reads out the clues of the cache. While Zergle decodes the hidden message, Map Man checks the GPS. “We should be right on top of it,” Map Man says. Space Cadet scans the area


Conserving Appalachia: Land Trusts Strive To Protect Natural Areas

Story by Julie Johnson Thanks to organizations like the Blue Ridge Conservancy, land trusts have protected hundreds of thousands of acres in Appalachia from development—and counting. In North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Conservancy— recently formed from the merger of two


Lawsuit Puts Bat Concerns on Wind Industry’s Radar

By Marsha W. Johnston Developers say the future for wind energy in Appalachia remains bright despite a federal court decision that has imposed requirements under the Endangered Species Act. In 2009, the Animal Welfare Institute sued to stop a project

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