Food, Glorious Food

September 14, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm


Local food production can address many of the challenges facing central Appalachia. It can help reduce food insecurity. It can improve health. It can be part of the reclamation of mined lands. It can create jobs. And it helps keep food dollars in the local economy, rather than going to distant producers. In this session, we will discuss:
  • Efforts to promote and support local food production
  • Incorporating pollinator habitat and beekeeping, high-value native hardwoods, fruit trees and nut trees (including the American chestnut) into mine land reclamation
  • Using mine lands and other brownfields for agricultural production and food system facilities