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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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…

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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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Farmers and other members of the food and agriculture community are invited to a meet and greet with the WV Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Kent Leonhardt. The event will be hosted “forum” style where the audience is asked to raise their questions on a wide range of agriculture and food related topics.
The free event will take place on May 7th at 6:30 PM in Heritage Hall at Heritage Farm Museum and Village. RSVP here -->
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The WV Dept. of Agriculture went back to the drawing board. Feedback was given at the Small Farms Conference and they now have these new designs for voting! Take a look and pick your favorite! ... See MoreSee Less

WVDA Announces Second Round Voting for New WV Grown Logo. Vote for your favorite HERE -> goo.gl/vgmjvJ agriculture.wv.gov/news/Pages/WVDA-Announces-Second-Round-Voring-for-New-WV-Grown...

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Earl Gohl at #wvgoodjobsconference: "#Entrepreneurship isn't just for Silicon Valley. It's for #Appalachia." @CoalfieldWV @CentralAppTech

Japanese, W.Va. entrepreneurs find common ground in growth challenges https://t.co/hTrFngQbuO

Come work with us ---> We're hiring a Crew Chief in Lincoln County, WV #foodjob #appalachia #agriculture https://t.co/uraiauzORe

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Rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up.