About Us

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Our vision is Appalachia unlocking its full potential, power and purpose.

Refresh Appalachia was founded in 2015 as an agriculture-focused enterprise of Coalfield Development Corporation. Like all the social enterprises of Coalfield, we aim to operate like a business but also to provide services in ways and places that aren’t being being served by the private sector. We work to build our own thriving food and farm businesses, but also to strengthen other farmers throughout the region. We provide training, market access, and distribution services for farmers. We strive to make healthy food more accessible in our communities by creating new market outlets that serve low- and middle-income people.

We measure our success by the “triple bottom line”: people, planet and profit. And because we are a nonprofit, all our earnings cycle back into supporting our crew members and serving our communities. Our crews, our farms and our food hub all play an integral role in advancing our “triple bottom line” objectives.

OUR CREWS

Individuals in our workforce development program follow our 33-6-3 model. For 33 hours a week they learn production, marketing and business skills by working at our farms. They also spend 6 hours a week taking community college classes and 3 hours working on life skills such as financial management, parenting, and healthy cooking. Work hours count towards college credit, and after 2-2.5 years in the program, participants graduate with an Associate’s Degree. Meet our crews

OUR FARMS

With the help of our crew members, we operate farms in Mingo, Lincoln, Wayne and Cabell Counties. We raise produce, microgreens, free-range laying hens, goats, hogs, fish, mushrooms and free range meat chickens. Thanks to our high tunnel greenhouses, heated hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouses, and climate-controlled microgreens room, our crews can grow food year-round. We use organic farming practices and are proud to be good stewards of the land. More about our farms and services

OUR FOOD HUB

In addition to selling food from our own farms, we run a Food Hub to distribute local products from other farms. We deliver a broad line of local food products to restaurants, wholesale customers and consumers in Charleston, Huntington, Williamson and beyond. We also give workshops and other assistance to help farmers improve and grow their own businesses. This supports our overall goal, which is to grow a food and agriculture industry that creates jobs in the coalfields. Buy from our Food Hub

OUR PARTNERS

Mingo County Redevelopment Authority
Wayne County Economic Development Authority The Wild Ramp
Unlimited Future, Inc.
The Williamson Health and Wellness Center Robert C. Byrd Institute
Lincoln County High School
WV Farmers Market Association
Heritage Farm
Hudson Farms

Rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up.