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.





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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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Yesterday sure was a fun day. Once a month we have crew site exchanges where all Refresh crews come to one farm for a work and training day. Yesterday we were in Milton planting squash and building high tunnels. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yummy chia microgreens from our West Edge urban farm. We're growing about 10 varieties of microgreens in an abandoned factory in Huntington, WV. Tasty! ... See MoreSee Less

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On Twitter

It's a squash planting and high tunnel building day for all of our crews. We love our crew exchange days!

Former miners are working with companies like @CoalfieldTweets & @RefreshAppalach to find new careers. @FromtheAshesDoc shares their stories https://t.co/6qUstPD1k9

Colt Brogan with his @RefreshAppalach boss Ben Gilmer, + co-worker Crystal, making shitake logs at Lincoln County. https://t.co/u47lvF2xP0

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Rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up.