We support farmers and producers to develop the local food economy.

Refresh Appalachia is an economic and workforce development initiative in southern West Virginia. By providing training in farm and food enterpreneurship, we aim to transform the lives of young people and those displaced from the coal mining industry.

We measure success according to the triple bottom line.





We aim to make a profit for more than 100 local farmers in southern WV by providing support and development of resources.

In cooperation with Greenbrier Valley Grown, we provide an online shopping portal for customers to purchase a variety of products during weekly periods of sales. These items are then distributed at several different pick up sites.

Let us take the hassle out of shopping for you!

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Quality Jobs
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The centerpiece of Coalfield’s operation is its Quality Jobs Initiative (QJI), a program that employs local youth – recent high school graduates to those in their twenties – to be boots on the ground for the organization’s…

Theory of Change
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Without spirit, without willpower, without opportunities for overcoming structural barriers, a full life feels unattainable. It is the Coalfield Development Corporation’s belief that the cause of so many woes…

We Must Believe
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One hot July evening, I had a conversation with a contractor that literally went as follows: After pitching my green collar jobs idea, he responded: “Wayne County?!?! Wayne County has the laziest people I’ve ever…

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Fun Farm Fact: Be on the lookout for asparagus at your local farmers market. It's one of the first vegetables of the season and contains no cholesterol and is low in sodium. In other words, eat up!

Brandon Dennison was mentioned in Forbes this week in reference to the @Ashoka #WelcomeChange conversation. We're grateful to have been involved and know positive ideas will help carve a path to a successful future in rural communities across the nation. https://t.co/WGrDBMCDzC

Fun Farm Fact: When planning your garden, don't forget about companion planting or putting plants together that help each other out. For example: plant dill and basil alongside tomatoes to keep hornworms away! Read more about companion planting: https://t.co/cm0Rb0NEUC

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Rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up.