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 to Nature-Based Businesses for years, growing one of the world’s most diverse economies focused on food, clothing, shelter and wellness. We are thrilled to be a part of this cohort’s journey.

Ballew Estates

Richmond, KY

Tiffany Bellfield https://www.facebook.com/ballewestates

HomeGrown HideAways

Berea, KY

Jessa Turner

Kentucky Green Grass

Harrodsburg, KY

Rachael Edmistonhttps://www.kentuckygreengrass.farm

Madison County Community Learning Centers

Marshall, NC

Deborah Delislehttps://www.madisoncclc.org

Moonlight Meat Processing

Williamsburg, KY

Anne Bays

No Taste Like Home

Asheville, NC

Rebekah Joplinghttps://notastelikehome.org

Rachel DesRocher, Incubator Kitchen Collective and Grateful Grahams

Newport, KY

Rachel DesRochers

LEARN MORE about Accelerating Appalachia’s 2019 Nature-Based Businesses



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 the last meal you ate? Why should we all have insight into the businesses growing, producing and sourcing the food you eat? Learn how all of these facets work together toward a truly just food system for all. Bring your ideas and curiosity. Insights will inspire and we’ll come together for a better world.

Tickets: $15

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Venue: The Greene Space

44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
(corner of Varick Street)

There is hope in change. In this special partnership with Echoing Green, you’ll discover how you can harness your day-to-day choices to create a collective transformation. Over four events at The Greene Space, leading entrepreneurs, engineers, organizers and activists working from Appalachia to New York City will share their incredible work and the steps they’re taking to make the world more sustainable, safe and equitable. From decisions about what you eat, the apps you use, or where and how you spend your money, these actions are part of the building blocks of social movements that are creating a fairer and more sustainable world.



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

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

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

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





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.