Choosing to build a government of-for-by small farmers
Like many family farmers, Kent makes much of his revenue from agri-tourism—folks who come for the experience of picking their own strawberries.
Choosing West Virginia Craftspeople
“My wife wanted to give maple syrup as a favor at our wedding. That’s how it all started, with 20 trees. Now we’ve got 600.” Rich Flanagan makes maple syrup with his dad, at Flanagan Family Maple in Wayne County. There are more tappable maple…
Choosing to invest in our farmers
Mike Weaver was a chicken farmer in Pendleton County for Pilgrims Pride, which is majority owned by scandal-plagued Brazilian conglomerate JBSSA. The company makes handsome profits, while allegedly cheating to keep farmers’ pay at rock-bottom–real pay for poultry farmers has actually fallen about 6% over the past 30 or so years.
Choosing the side of community gardens – Conscious Harvest
This community garden partnered with farmers on a CSA for low-income families, funded by revenue from garden plot rentals.
Choosing the side of working people, and not lobbyists
“I spent 4 years looking for this farm. I made 40 trips around the country.” Ed and his wife ended up in Almost Heaven. A couple years later, the Rover pipeline came to town. They took 7 of his 160 acres—and the state helped. When he tried to protect his own land, he almost got arrested.