Agriculture and Regional Food Systems
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. www.ruralaction.org
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. www.acenetworks.org
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. www.a-spi.org/
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. www.buyappalachian.org/
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. www.athensohio.com
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. www.cannetwork.org