The Conservation Fund in the News

October 4, 2017
Jeff Chu, Modern Farmer, 19 October 2017 – First, the Reverend Richard Joyner got mad. Then he got a trowel. Sick and tired of seeing his congregation suffer from poor nutrition, the North Carolina minister sowed seeds of hope in a food desert.

Although a phone conversation was required to clarify intent, the hospital ponied up $2,000. Two years later, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gave Joyner $15,000. And in 2011, The Conservation Fund donated $7,500 through its North Carolina–based Resourceful Communities initiative, which emphasizes the link between socioeconomic and ecological strengths.
October 3, 2017
Jennifer Gardner, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 3 October 2017 – Purchasing, cooking and consuming seafood can be intimidating for citizens in the Mountain state. Now that October, National Seafood Month, is here, members of the nonprofit Seafood Nutrition Partnership are determined to debunk myths and encourage more West Virginians to incorporate it into their weekly diet.

The salmon offered at Saturday’s event was farm-raised by the Freshwater Institute, an internationally recognized program of the Conservation Fund in Shepherdstown. The fish was prepared by The Chop House in a barbecue sauce.
September 30, 2017
Rocky Mount Telegram, 30 September 2017 – Access to healthy food is associated with lower risk for obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases.

Resourceful Communities and The Conservation Fund awarded three 501(c)3 organizations — Project Momentum Inc., CEO Inc. and VOWS — funds from the CSX “On Track with Healthy Food Grant” to assist their new pilot project called NE-FUN, Nash Edgecombe Families Understanding Nutrition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.