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…

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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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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Spring time activities on the farm! 22 Mine Rd. in Mingo Co. is raising meat birds for early summer production. Crew Members pictured here are constructing a brooder to keep these chicks warm and healthy. Share photos here of your brooders at home 🐣🐤🐥 Anyone interested in being trained and using the mobile processing unit check out --> tinyurl.com/wvpoultrytrailer ... See MoreSee Less

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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.