Entries by Accelerator

Jennifer Flynn

Jennifer is Accelerating Appalachia’s former C.O.O. and now advisor to the program. Before her recent move to Michigan, she worked and lived in North Carolina as the owner of a natural products company and the former brand manager for the North Carolina Natural Products Association’s Blue Ridge Naturally program. She is an ecopsychologist and permaculturist more »

Touring Appalachia with Lush Cosmetics

We are bouncin’ back with exciting news in 2018! Lush Cosmetics North America, the globe’s most ethically sourced cosmetics company has just announced support for our new regenerative business curriculum “Building Soil and Soul”! So, we hit the road. We traveled our LUSHOUS Appalachian region from Kentucky to North Carolina and points in between with more »

Our first business endorsement as a Kiva trustee was…

Fully funded in record time: 6 days! Floyd’s Farm & Home received a $10,000, 0% Kiva loan. And, thanks to our collaboration with Lexington’s Community Ventures, Travis will qualify for a matching loan of $10,000!! He’s able to leverage $20k at 2.5% interest. So much gratitude to the great folks at Kiva and the 202 lenders who invested at more »

Wendell Barry

Wendell Erdman Berry (born August 5, 1934) is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.[1] A prolific author, he has written many novels, short stories, poems, and essays. He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the Jefferson Lecturer for 2012. He is also a 2013 Fellow of The American more »

bell hooks

bell hooks,[1] is an American author, feminist, and social activist. The name “bell hooks” is derived from that of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks.[2] The focus of hooks’s writing has been the intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender, and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination. She has published over 30 books and numerous scholarly more »

Dayna Reggero

Dayna Reggero was the Communications Principal for the launch of Accelerating Appalachia. She has been interviewed by CNN, appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX networks around the nation and coordinated with Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery and the Food Network for features. She produced a Sustainable Food Tour and traveled from the top of California more »

First Annual HempX Asheville

      We are so excited to partner on HempX Asheville! HempX is the first festival in North Carolina with a focus on educating the public on the multiple uses and diversity of products that come from industrial hemp. All proceeds benefit Accelerating Appalachia. Join us at Highland Brewing for two days of talks, hemp more »

2015 Pitch Party with Judy Wicks

The 2015 Accelerating Appalachia nature-based businesses will be presenting at the Pitch Party in Asheville on May 14th. We are so proud of this incredible group of graduates in food, farming, eco-services, seeds, botanical essences, natural building and games! Our keynote is the fabulous Judy Wicks, thought leader in growing good economies, co-founder of Be more »