Agriculture and Regional Food Systems

ruralactionsiteRural Action

Rural Action’s mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio.

Together, we envision a region of clean streams, healthy forests, thriving family farms, meaningful jobs for everyone, lively towns that remember local history and celebrate their stories, music, arts, and crafts, and people working together to make this vision a reality.

acenetsiteACEnet­ (Appalachian Center for Economic Networks)

ACEnet’s mission is to build networks, support innovation, and facilitate collaboration with Appalachian Ohio’s businesses to create a strong, sustainable regional economy.

We focus on four main strategies including the operation of two business incubators in Athens and Nelsonville  including our nationally recognized Food Ventures Center located at the Athens property.

appalachiasiteAppalachia: Science in the Public Interest

ASPI is a non-profit resource center advocating for sustainable development, responsible resource management, and informed personal choices. We use science and technology to benefit current and future generations, and the environment by promoting innovative ideas and appropriate technologies. We accomplish this through education, advocacy, research, consulting, and demonstration projects.

asapsiteAppalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Welcome to ASAP’s online Local Food Guide for Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians. Get connected with fresh local food, the farmers who grow it, and the markets, grocers, and restaurants committed to using locally grown products.

athensvisitorssiteAthens County Visitor’s Bureau

Visitors to Athens County feel as if they have discovered a hidden treasure. An oasis from the everyday, Athens County was called one of the “Top 12 Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of” by Mother Earth News in 2006. Just over an hour drive from Columbus, and three from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, Athens County is on the way to just about anywhere, so don’t miss a chance to stop by our community. We can guarantee it is like none you have ever experienced before.

AthensFarmersMarketSiteAthens Farmers Market

Surrounded by the forested hills of Southeast Ohio, the city of Athens, founded shortly before 1800, grew up around an oxtail bend in the Hocking River about twenty-five miles upstream from where the Hocking flows into the Ohio River. In the period since its founding, the city and surrounding territory have endured the extraction of coal and timber, followed by the decline of those industries.

CANsiteCAN (Central Appalachian Network)

For over 20 years, our network of six nonprofits have worked in over 150 counties in the Central Appalachian states of Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Our diverse organizations employ a variety of strategies that focus on building partnerships, performing research and public education, developing policy and infrastructure, supporting entrepreneurs, providing technical and business assistance, and building value-added assets.