Appalachian Seed Swap Sows Sustainable Economy
Can our rich and varied Appalachian food traditions become one source for a sustainable economy in the region? The 4th Annual Appalachian Seed Swap brought Joseph Simcox, from Gardens Across America, to Pikeville for the event. A modern-day “Johnny Appleseed,” Simcox has traveled the world collecting and swapping seeds and believes that Appalachia can be a hub for the revival of small scale, sustainable agriculture. Not only does Simcox share some of the seeds of knowledge he’s collected, but he puts forward his ideas for how Central Appalachia can use agriculture to transform our economy and reclaim our mined lands. He is joined by Joyce Pinson, local farmer and one of the organizers of the highly successful Seed Swap, in this WMMT report from Benny Becker.
FIREShare: The Holler Demonstrates Technology’s Potential
What is the future of education and employment in the mountains? Some, like University of Pikeville professor Bruce Parsons, believe it’s technology. The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s (KVEC) new FIREShare podcast interviewed Parsons, and he discussed his efforts at envisioning this technological future with The Holler – a website and physical space geared toward opening a dialogue about technology in the region while serving as a teaching tool for those who want to learn to use technology more effectively and develop technological skills as a personal asset.
Mountain Tech Media To Help Businesses Reach New Peaks
Can we build a “Silicon Holler” in central Appalachia? Mountain Tech Media launched in Letcher County on March 14 with plans to help area businesses and organizations maximize their use of computer technology, the Internet and social media. And its a new kind of business – a “social enterprise” structured as a cooperative to build a base of skilled tech workers. WMMT reports from the launch party held at Appalshop.