Appalachian Funders Network – Leveraging Local Assets

Interested in Appalachian economic transition ideas, local entrepreneurship efforts, or the impact of community foundations in the coalfields? WMMT’s Mountain Talk hosted a discussion with members of the Appalachian Funders Network, a group of public and private grant-makers working toward a diversified Appalachian economy, based on assets within the region. Guests include Ray Daffner of […]

Building Business from the Ground Up

The Southeast Kentucky Development Corporation, better known as SKED, is offering entrepreneurial training courses throughout 2013 in Corbin, Prestonsburg, Somerset, Hindmen, Liberty and Pikeville. We spoke with Pat Bradley, the small business training specialist for the program, to hear more about what is offered through the course and how one can get involved. The entrepreneurial […]

White Oak Pumpkin Barn

The Howard-Oldfield family has been farming in Morgan County, KY for over 100 hundred years.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to try something new.  Last year Ashley Oldfield and her husband John experimented with planting half an acre of pumpkins.  They sold some to the local IGA and a few places in White […]

A Tour of Creech Orchard

A companion to our WMMT report, this video visits Terry Creech and his orchard atop Black Mountain, Kentucky’s highest peak at 4,100 ft. Creech is a rare breed, a second generation commercial apple grower in Harlan Conty, KY. In the fall Jeremy Williams, Harlan County Extension Agent, and Mitch Whitaker from the Letcher County Office […]