Entries by Accelerator

Connect with us about our 2022 Programs!

New programs for 2022! Are you a Nature-Based Business (respectful of nature’s wisdom) in food, beverage, textile, shelter, wellness and the outdoors looking to expand? Do you buy your raw goods such as grains, botanicals, produce, proteins, fibers, forest products from small growers? Reach out to saraday@acceleratingappalachia.org. We are providing one on one support until more »

Announcing Accelerating Appalachia’s 2019 Businesses

We are honored to announce the Nature-Based Businesses selected for Accelerating Appalachia 2019! These businesses are supporting a regenerative economy built on the values of soil and soul. Program participants will travel to Kentucky, Ohio, and North Carolina to learn, grow, and connect with thought leaders and communities. Accelerating Appalachia has been providing accelerator services more »

Event! Eat Your Values at The Greene Space w WNYC

  CHANGE EVERY DAY: EAT YOUR VALUES Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7:00 PM Hosted by WNYC’s Shumita Basu Guests include our own Sara Day Evans, founding director of Accelerating Appalachia, plus Rachel Armstrong, founder and executive director of Farm Commons, and Jeffrey Neal, founder of Loop Closing. What do composting or legal contracts have to do with more »

Sara Day Evans – Founding Director

Sara Day Evans, Founding Director for Accelerating Appalachia and Co-Founder of Prosperity Collective, is a sixth generation Kentuckian, and has worked with communities and small businesses across the southeast for over 20 years. She’s served over 300 communities and small businesses in economic development, entrepreneurship and environmental protection and leveraged over $250M in funding in more »

Le’Shae Robinson – Director of Communications

Le’Shae Robinson is the Director of Communications for Accelerating Appalachia where she develops and executes marketing and communication strategies. She has over 10+ years of experience working in digital ads, social media, and community development.  As a graduate of Berea College, she understands the values of education, community service, and labor and constantly works to more »

Antionette Carroll – Equity-Centered Community Design

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-create solutions with Black and Latinx populations to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design, more »

Making America Regenerative Again

Accelerating Appalachia founder Sara Day Evans was interviewed by Erin Axelrod for The Lift Economy Podcast in an episode fittingly titled “Making America Regenerative Again.” Erin is a Partner at LIFT Economy, helping to accelerate the spread of climate-beneficial businesses, specializing in businesses that address critical soil and water regeneration. LIFT’s mission is to create, model, more »

Laura Lengnick – Resilient Business

Laura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist who has explored agricultural sustainability for more than 30 years as a researcher, policy-maker, educator, and farmer.  Her work in sustainable farming systems was nationally-recognized with a USDA Secretary’s Honor Award and she contributed to the 3rd National Climate Assessment as a lead author of the USDA report Climate more »