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Upcoming Season Creation Workshop on March 19th

The workshop will focus on methods used in the Season Creation model developed by Green Edge Organic Gardens. Their innovative use of high tunnel greenhouses and grow rooms ensures a year-round selection of seasonal vegetables, micro greens, and specialty mushrooms extending their growing season to include a fourth winter period. The workshop will include both on-farm […]

Food Partners Access Coordinator position announced in Southeast Ohio

As demand for local food that is healthy and accessible grows throughout southeastern Ohio, food hubs and distribution networks are emerging to ensure better food choices for all. In Southeast Ohio, food hubs and distribution networks range from established organizations- such as the ACEnet Food Ventures Center, ACEnet’s Nelsonville Food Hub, the Community Food Initiatives-Donation Station- […]

Regulations for Starting and Using Food Hubs

January 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at The Inn at Hocking College”Regulations for starting and using food hubs—What and Why!”. Panel discussion and networking with a free local lunch. Are you interested in growing your local food production business? Are you interested in using local food hubs? Do you want to know what […]

Rural Action Receives USDA Grant for Farm to School Partnership with Hocking College and Local School Districts

Rural Action Receives USDA Grant for Farm to School Partnership with Hocking College and Local School Districts Rural Action is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a Farm to School Support Services Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program. The grant ensures that Rural Action, in partnership with […]

The Healthy Home Consumer Fresh Local Produce Guide Available

Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture recently released a new publication— “The Healthy Home Consumer Fresh Local Produce Guide.” Funded by the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, the goal of the guide is to promote the use of local produce grown in Appalachia, improving the health of the community, and sustaining local farmers. It includes information […]

New Program Brings Local Produce to Appalachian Ohio Schools

An innovative partnership designed to increase local food access for area school children kicked off Thursday, May 14 with a delivery of 304 servings of local lettuce to Federal Hocking Local Schools followed by another delivery of 160 local lettuce servings to Athens City Schools on Monday, May 19.

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R&R Gulf Country Fresh Stops Sidewalk Sale

Perry County Health Department and Rural Action are hosting an open house on Monday, August 10th. We will be grilling fresh produce from the Chesterhill Produce Auction for all to enjoy and fruits and vegetables will be set up at the Country Fresh Stop for sale. The even begins at 10:00 am at R&R Gulf, 84 [...]

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Kernza Wheatgrass

In lieu of the nationally recognized Brew Week event held here in Athens within the past few weeks, a new kind of wheatgrass has arrived in the Southeast Ohio region thanks to Steve Culman from Ohio State University. This wheatgrass, or “superwheat”, Kernza, is a perennial plant that has the potential to simultaneously provide a [...]

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Profile: Rosemary Roe

Rural Action is thrilled to have Rosemary Roe join their mission as part of the Healthy Food Access Partnership. Since early this spring she has been helping to coordinate the shared missions of Rural Action, ACEnet and Community Food Initiatives (CFI) to increase the access of fresh local produce to Athens County and surrounding areas. [...]

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