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A Bright Idea for Big Energy Savings: Inter-State Hardwoods

A Bright Idea for Big Energy Savings: Inter-State Hardwoods

Inter-State Hardwoods, located in Bartow, West Virginia, is a family-owned sawmill with roots dating back to 1939, when it first...
A Simply Natural Approach to Dairy

A Simply Natural Approach to Dairy

Simply Natural Creamery and Dairy Farm is a testament to Neil Moye’s willingness to innovate and diversify beyond tobacco...
Annie

Annie's: Baking in Benefits in Asheville

When Joe and Annie Ritota first met, Joe was a fourth generation baker of artisan bread and Annie owned a...
Bailey Mountain Bike Park

Bailey Mountain Bike Park

Parents today continue to search for an answer to the question: How can I get my kid to spend...
Beef And Pork With A Local Flavor

Beef And Pork With A Local Flavor

Co-founders Tina Prevatte and Jennifer Curtis sought to build a sustainable food system that benefited their own community and...
Benefiting Land, Livestock And The Bottom Line

Benefiting Land, Livestock And The Bottom Line

James Joyner, 60, grew up on the same 100 acre plot of land since childhood. For over 68 years,...
Big Timber Brewing

Big Timber Brewing

Matt Kwasniewski, an Elkins, West Virginia, native, learned about brewing beer while working for a brewery in Montana.  After...
Conserving Water Resources

Conserving Water Resources

Shannon Brines began operating Brines Farm in 2004. Located in Dexter, Michigan (roughly 10 miles northwest of Ann Arbor),...
Earning More per Acre with Grain Bins

Earning More per Acre with Grain Bins

Curtis Branch grows wheat, soybeans and corn on his Murfreesboro, North Carolina farm, a 240-acre property that has been in...
Earthseed Land Cooperative

Earthseed Land Cooperative

The eight co-founders of Earthseed Land Cooperative (ELC) have a vision: to use land to support the collective health,...
Firefly Farms Creamery & Market

Firefly Farms Creamery & Market

It all started with a neighbor’s goats and the question: “Can we milk ‘em to make cheese?” With that,...
FLS Energy: Clean Energy, High Performance

FLS Energy: Clean Energy, High Performance

Michael Shor, Dale Freudenberger and Hardy LeGwin had a vision—to make solar energy mainstream. They roughed out a business...
Furniture From Unwanted Urban Trees

Furniture From Unwanted Urban Trees

Connecticut brothers Ted and Zeb Esselstyn, co-founders of City Bench, create one-of-a kind furniture from unwanted urban trees. Each...
Grand Co-Opening

Grand Co-Opening

Durham Co-op Market and Hendersonville Community Co-op opened their respective doors this April at new locations, complete with open...
Green Grease for North Carolina

Green Grease for North Carolina

Cooking oil and grease trap waste poured down sinks and drains create a health and environment hazard for the...
Gypsy Queen Cuisine

Gypsy Queen Cuisine

Suzy Phillips could be credited with introducing the food truck to Asheville. When she moved to the area from...
Hand-Built in Asheville

Hand-Built in Asheville

Over two decades ago, entrepreneur Lang Hornthal built his first log bed with a friend, sold it at a...
Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead

Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead

Many great ideas are hatched over drinks. For Josh Bennett and Will Lewis, their great idea was the drinks...
Increasing Farm Productivity

Increasing Farm Productivity

Adam and Dru Montri started Ten Hens Farm in 2008 with little more than a quarter acre of land....
Innovative Use of Beetle Kill Wood

Innovative Use of Beetle Kill Wood

Rogue Resources is a 19-year old enterprise based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, that has primarily operated in three lines...
Lavender Helps a Family Farm Bloom

Lavender Helps a Family Farm Bloom

Norma DeCamp Burns wants to keep her North Carolina family farm from disappearing. In the Tar Heel state, that’s...
Misty Mountain Threadworks

Misty Mountain Threadworks

Misty Mountain Threadworks was founded on the belief that it could make the finest climbing harnesses in the world, and...
Montana Homegrown Wood

Montana Homegrown Wood

Artisan craftsmanship is evident in every product Sustainable Lumber Company (SLC) produces. By combining local timber, skilled workmanship, and...
Mother Earth Produce

Mother Earth Produce

Despite being surrounded by agriculture, Andrea and Graham Duvall realized that many people in Western North Carolina did not...
Moving to Mainstreet and Conserving Energy:  The Custard Stand

Moving to Mainstreet and Conserving Energy: The Custard Stand

Since first opening in 1991, The Custard Stand, owned by Dee and Angie Cowger, has opened locations across West...
Promoting A New Generation Of Farmers

Promoting A New Generation Of Farmers

In 2008, with hopes of building healthy, self-sustaining communities, Adrienne Lee and Ken Lamson started New Beat Farm. Lots...
Returning To His Farming Roots

Returning To His Farming Roots

Roger Outlaw, who is 64, has farmed all his life. Most recently though, his work in manufacturing meant he...
River

River's Edge Treehouse Resort

When Laila and Doug Mortimer retired to Robbinsville, North Carolina, they did not expect to be building treehouses. But the...
Rock Cave IGA

Rock Cave IGA

Glen and Jo Ann Hawkins first opened their Rock Cave, West Virginia, convenience store and gasoline station in 1990....
Sickler Farm

Sickler Farm

When Lisa and Jeff Sickler moved to their new Moatsville, West Virginia, farm in 2009, they started off simply: ...