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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Carrots from Refresh Appalachia! These are super limited - get them while you can!

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Thinking about raising pastured poultry? Want to process chickens on your farm? Interested in renting our mobile poultry processing trailer? Come check out our Poultry Processing Workshops: July 24 at our 22 Mine Rd. Farm in Mingo County and July 27 at Elmcrest Farm in Wayne! See this flyer for details on how to register. Thanks to West Virginia Farmers Market Association , Rainbow Farm, Park Jameson Ferguson and Lacy Davidson for helping to make this happen! ... See MoreSee Less

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Poultry Processing Workshops from #RefreshAppalachia. "Chick" them out!


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

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Rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up.