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.

 

PEOPLE

PLANET

PROFIT

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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…

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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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A key component to the training and mentoring that each crew members receives is the personal development each week. In the third week, the crew chiefs plan an activity for the whole team to go out into the community and experience something new.

Here the Lincoln Co. Crew visited the Huntington Museum of Art and greatly enjoyed spending time exploring the conservatory.
Dr. Mike Beck led a tour of the cocoa, kumquat, and several other plants. It was a great time for everyone!
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Lincloln County Crew! Today, they have been out harvesting and having a little fun in the hydroponic greenhouse. ... See MoreSee Less

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We're excited to announce that we have debuted our Winter Farm Share Program with the staff at Marathon Petroleum! We are thrilled to add this workplace as another delivery site for the program.

Think your workplace, church or organization would be interested in participating? Contact us for more information at sales@refreshappalachia.com or by calling 304-205-0930.
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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.