Sara Day chosen as finalist for Echoing Green Fellowship

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, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all people.

 

Listen to Sara Day talk about her passion and inspiration for the accelerator program here: http://www.lifteconomy.com/blog/2017/11/21/sara-day-evans-making-america-regenerative-again

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 Lush Cosmetics North America to visit farmers, growers, researchers, and nature-based businesses for a #LUSHAppalachia journey. We are so honored to share the beauty and resiliency of one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet – Appalachia. We are grateful to Lush for their support for our new regenerative business curriculum “Building Soil and Soul”. And, we’re excited about the possibilities in helping them source small batches of raw goods from Appalachian growers! Stay tuned!

Photos: Dayna Reggero and Erin Bridges

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 $25 or more. Travis will be able to purchase his trailer for sales of high quality organic chicken feed in the Lexington, KY area, as well as establish a website for online sales. You can learn more about the project here

Announcing Accelerating Appalachia’s 2016 Businesses

Storm Cloud Media highlights Accelerating Appalachia and Participant Businesses

Storm Cloud Media spent some time with us in Appalachia. Watch to learn more about the heart of Accelerating Appalachia and our participant businesses.

First Annual HempX Asheville

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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 foods, networking, and of course, live music and beer.

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 A Localist Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and reading from her book, “Good Morning Beautiful Business”. Emcees for the evening, from Our Southern Community, are the lovely Michelle Smith and the handsome Ned Doyle! Join us for a meaningful and fun-filled evening with yummy local appetizers and cash bar. Tickets available now.

Our 2015 Participants!

The Accelerating Appalachia team and  2015 participants

The Accelerating Appalachia team and 2015 participants

 

 

esam-final_logoEcological Services & Markets, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm that mixes research and management, working with private landowners, Federal agencies, and academic institutions to determine the best ways to establish tradable credit systems for natural resource assets. The team has a strong background in natural resource policy, environmental economics, both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and computer science. Services developed and provided by ESAM include: metrics for trading habitat at a landscape scale including climate change scenarios; landscape-scale population viability analysis; habitat suitability models, using soil, vegetation surveys, and remotely sensed data; estimation of dispersal behaviors of cryptic species using indirect methods such as genetics and inverse simulation modeling; evaluation and prioritization of species monitoring programs; workshops for public and private landowners; software for evaluating the ability of habitat trades to provide conservation value at a landscape scale; high-performance computer network for evaluating uncertainty in landscape-scale management decisions; and quantitative Adaptive Management approaches for managing habitat networks. Contact ESAM founder, Doug Bruggeman, via email: dougbrugg@gmail.com.

 

logo_fbsmFarmer-Baker-Sausage Maker is a company that seeks to energize the local economy by returning to foods crafted by hand. Their restaurant, Harvest HMG RGB 72dpi Circle (2)Moon Grille, nourishes its patrons and the local economy by sourcing its ingredients from small scale farms within 100 miles. http://www.harvestmoongrille.com

 

GRPlogo10.29.14 copy copyGreen River Picklers strives to produce the highest quality pickled vegetables using the simplest and most sustainable means. Locally sourced, consciously produced, and hand packed in small batches, Green River Picklers aims to pay tribute to our southern heritage by continuing family traditions & preserving local food, while continuously fostering growth in our community. www.grpicklers.com kickstarter_logo-try_staffGreen River Picklers has a Kickstarter campaign under way right now. Click the image above to contribute!

 

PrintGrowJourney is a seeds of the month club specializing in certified organic heirloom seeds. We make organic gardening simple for members across the United States and Canada. https://www.growjourney.com

 

RIALogoRiver Island Apothecary is a product line of all-botanical perfume and skin care designed and produced in thoughtful batches by Katie Vie. http://www.katievie.com/

 

SmilingHara_Logo-High RESSmiling Hara Tempeh is the only company offering soy-free tempeh on the market today.  Over consumption of processed soy in the vegan/vegetarian populations is causing health issues, and consumers are looking to companies like Smiling Hara to offer nutrient dense, high quality plant-based protein. http://www.smilingharatempeh.com/

The Smiling Hara Family

The Smiling Hara Family

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“The Underdog Crew” is a Hip Hop toy and game that promotes the ultimate positivity.  These figurines are the next “little green army men,” only these warriors do not carry weapons. They dance!  They have no particular nationality, nor are they gender specific.  They can be imagined to be anyone from anywhere.  These toys are tokens, or symbols, of all things good and possible.  Everything that you believe to be good, everything that you believe to be possible – so do they!  The toys are functional, and players can battle one another in a game of skill.  Players are also challenged by the question, “How many ways can you play?”  Players are welcomed to create their own rules and games, customize their figures, and to imagine a better world for us all.  Do you care to play? Contact Joseph Adams at bboyeducator@gmail.com


 

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 A Localist Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and reading from her book, “Good Morning Beautiful Business”. Emcees for the evening, from Our Southern Community, are the lovely Michelle Smith and the handsome Ned Doyle! Join us for a meaningful and fun-filled evening with yummy local appetizers and cash bar. Tickets available now.

Capital Institute’s Work on Regenerative Capitalism includes Accelerating Appalachia

In 2014 the Capital Institute published its Field Guide for a Regenerative Economy and featured Accelerating Appalachia as a leader in the field of nature-based business support. The Field Guide focuses on the use of story telling as a means of developing a supportive network for regenerative businesses. You can read the early story of Accelerating Appalachia, our 2013 cohort of businesses and plans for our growth.

The Capital Institute published a follow-up study to the Field Guide, Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy in the spring of 2015. Accelerating Appalachia is listed on page 88.

The Guardian published a great overview of the study here.