“Appalachia Speaks” is a new series of video shorts featuring the voices and visions of grassroots leaders in this region. Gwenda Huff Johnson grew up in Eastern Kentucky, one of nine children on a small farm just off a dirt road. As Elliott County Extension Agent for family and consumer science, she teaches about the streams and forests, and works to preserve family farms and build on the area’s cultural assets. Recently she was asked by her county judge to focus her efforts on community economic development. Gwenda speaks about her hopes for the region and the sometimes small, but significant steps to rebuilding community. A production of Making Connections News, a project of Appalshop’s Community Media Initiative and WMMT-FM.
July 9, 2015