TCF in the News

September 29, 2017
Great Lakes Now, 29 September 2017 – At the First Annual State of the Bay Conference in Bay City, Michigan, the algae that’s currently invading Maumee Bay near Toledo, Ohio seemed to hover over the gathering like a big green cloud.

200 people attended the first-ever conference of its kind at the Saginaw Bay watershed, which is one of 46 Areas of Concern listed by the EPA.

The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (SBWIN) leads the effort to promote sustainable development in the area by coordinating watershed programs and providing grants to innovative projects across the region.  SBWIN, The Conservation Fund and the Cook Family Foundation joined together to create this conference.
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September 23, 2017
The Laurel of Asheville, Lauren Stepp, 23 September 2017 – Everyone knows that Asheville is a foodie paradise. It is one of few places where you can order chilled buttermilk soup, oysters with rhubarb mignonette and rosemary sea salt almonds all at the same restaurant (read: Rhubarb in Pack Square). But Polk County—an agriculture community just south of Buncombe—might soon give Asheville a run for its artisanal pickles.

Construction of the cheese-making facility, including the development of underground aging caves, will start as soon as permitting allows. The project is supported by the Natural Capital Investment Fund and should take six to nine months to complete.
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September 11, 2017
Liz McCormick, Moorehead State Public Radio, 11 September 2017 – Several organizations throughout Appalachia will see federal grant money. Funds are designed to help strengthen coal-impacted economies. 

$1.2 million of the award will go to the Natural Capital Investment Fund based in Shepherdstown. Nearly $600,000 will go to the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland, Kentucky. And just over $100,000 will be given to the Southern Appalachian Labor School in Kincaid.
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September 8, 2017
Stephanie Awe, Cheese Market News, 8 September 2017 – Construction on a second facility for Looking Glass Creamery, owned by husband-and-wife team Andy and Jennifer Perkins, has commenced. The facility will be located in Columbus, North Carolina — in the “agricultural heart” of Polk County — where it will fit well alongside numerous vineyards, wineries, vegetable operations and livestock farms in the area, according to Looking Glass Creamery.

Natural Capital Investment Fund — a business loan fund that provides debt financing to small and emerging businesses — is providing the funds for the construction of the new cheesemaking facility, according to Looking Glass Creamery.
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September 8, 2017
Herald-Dispatch, 8 September 2017 – This week, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced nearly $2 million in additional awards to continue strengthening the economies of Appalachia's coal-impacted communities.

They include:
$1,200,000 to the Natural Capital Investment Fund, Inc., in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to continue local food systems development work across 58 counties in five Appalachian states through the Central Appalachian Network.
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September 6, 2017
Max Garland, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 6 September 2017 – More than $1.3 million in federal funding is slated to go to two West Virginia organizations to help develop sustainable food efforts and new housing, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced in a news release Wednesday.

The Natural Capital Investment Fund in Shepherdstown will receive $1.2 million from the ARC for its local food systems development work in five states, including West Virginia, the release said.
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August 31, 2017
Jordan Simonson, Jackson County Chronicle, 31 August 2017 – The largest Atlantic salmon farm in the country, Superior Fresh, opened its doors to Gov. Scott Walker Thursday in the small town of Northfield in Jackson County, providing a look into the future of harvesting fish and producing vegetables.

With the vision Superior Fresh has shown in the project, Steven Summerfelt, Ph.D., the director of aquaculture systems research for the Freshwater Institute, said it is the wave of the future.

“Superior Fresh is showing us what the future of seafood and agriculture is looking like at a commercial scale. Just the tour today, if a picture is a 1,000 words, this was a novel, and this novel isn’t science fiction. This is the future of environmentally-controlled agriculture,” Summerfelt said.
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August 31, 2017
Elizabeth Dohms, Leader-Telegram, 31 August 2017 – Atlantic salmon that once required a 4,000-plus-mile journey to the plates of hungry Midwesterners will feed those a little closer to their home in western Wisconsin.

“If a picture is a thousand words, this is a novel, and this isn’t science fiction,” said Steven Summerfelt, one of the facility’s engineers and the director of aquaculture systems research at Freshwater Institute based in West Virginia. “This is the future of environmental-controlled agriculture.”
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