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 to invest in small businesses
Dominick Claudio has helped launch a dozen small businesses in North Central West Virginia. A law office, a real estate company, a consignment shop, and an oral surgery center, to name a few. And he started without capital.
Choosing to invest in our people
“I’m never gonna make millions. I just love this community.” The Good Old Boys love pitting small business owners against workers. While we fight each other, they cozy up to out-of-state monopolies who are out to undercut us both. Every small business owner wants to…
Young People Fighting for a Better West Virginia
What do a future chemist, a dolphin trainer, a financial adviser, an international lawyer, and linguist have in common? They can’t wait for a West Virginia government that is honest, transparent, and values the leadership of young people. Thanks, Tony, Madison, Libby, Ethan, and Celeste…
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.