Mountain Rose Winery: A Story To Be Proud Of

Wise County was once one of the largest apple growing areas in Virginia,  but that industry declined as many orchard lands were mined. The Lawson family is bringing fruit growing back to the region, this time planting grapes on reclaimed strip jobs and making wine at MountainRose Winery. Many of their labels are named after […]

The Stickneys of Estill County: Landowners Are The Best Fertilizer

Jack and Teresa Stickney with their son Caleb are revitalizing an old Kentucky homestead near the Red River. The Stickneys grow and market shitake mushrooms as well as lead workshops on their use. They also participate in the Appalachian Carbon Partnership — they manage their woodlands in a sustainable manner, thereby sequestering carbon in their […]

Mountain Talk: Growing Appalachia

In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we discuss small-scale farming and local foods, energy efficiency, and renewables in the mountains with special guests Fern Nafziger, Cody Montgomery, Paul Wiediger and Will Bowling. All of our guests are deeply involved in this work in eastern Kentucky, and are all presenters at this weekend’s fourth annual  Growing Appalachia day […]

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 […]