Valley Verde Community Food Systems

Valley Verde Community Food Systems

Santa Clara County, California, is the epicenter of the tech industry. Home to Silicon Valley, it is also one...
Community Food Sovereignty

Community Food Sovereignty

Conservation of our land and water resources is inextricably tied to food production and the health of people. If...
Swift Level Farm

Swift Level Farm

Swift Level Farm, a 152-acre historic landmark located in West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley, has been in Jennifer “Tootie” Jones’...
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...
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...
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,...
Sickler Farm

Sickler Farm

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

Tackling Food Deserts in Michigan

What are you having for dinner? Imagine trying to answer that question if you couldn’t get to a grocery...
Conetoe Family Life Center

Conetoe Family Life Center

Conetoe, a small town of just 287 people, is located in rural northeastern North Carolina, in a county that...
Young Loggers Buck the Trend

Young Loggers Buck the Trend

Entrepreneurs Will and Wes Coleman are doubling harvesting capacity in an industry seeing fewer young workers.  Logging crews are...
Grand Lake Federal Lands Livability Initiative

Grand Lake Federal Lands Livability Initiative

What makes a community livable? Most agree it’s the quality of transportation options, range of affordable housing choices, potential...
Roanoke River Partners

Roanoke River Partners

Celebrating Ecotourism and Regional Heritage Roanoke River Partners is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting the natural, cultural and...
Green Rural Redevelopment Organization

Green Rural Redevelopment Organization

Henry Crews, Ardis Crews and Marion Brodie Williams are taking a smart approach to revitalizing blighted neighborhoods in their...
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...
West Virginia Elk Habitat

West Virginia Elk Habitat

In the heart of West Virginia's southern coal fields, there is a long history of environmental conservation and economic...
Reclaiming the Coharie River

Reclaiming the Coharie River

The Coharie River has long served as the lifeblood of the Coharie tribal community and its ancestors. The river...
Freedom Riders National Monument

Freedom Riders National Monument

Nonviolent protests and acts of civil disobedience powered the civil rights movement, making activists out of ordinary people wanting...
Striving for Thriving: Balancing Nature and Commerce in Transylvania County

Striving for Thriving: Balancing Nature and Commerce in Transylvania County

Tucked among the rolling hills and waterfalls of Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, and many other recreational destinations,...
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the former mill town of Orange, Massachusetts is a “food desert”—a community...
CSX: West Virginia

CSX: West Virginia

Healthy Food Distribution Initiative In West Virginia, one in five children has limited or no access to fresh fruits, vegetables,...
Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative

Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative

Appalachia’s gateway communities—communities that border publicly owned lands such as national and state parks and forests—often struggle to balance the...
Hoke Community Forest

Hoke Community Forest

Hoke Community Forest, the first community forest in the Southeastern United States, serves as an innovative model for communities...
Food and Farm Initiative

Food and Farm Initiative

Though the region is surrounded by large agricultural lands, half of North Carolina’s “food deserts” are located in the...
McIntosh SEED Community Forest

McIntosh SEED Community Forest

In the coastal flatwoods of Georgia, a project that demonstrates our focus on community and the environment is unfolding....
Clay County Community Revitalization Association

Clay County Community Revitalization Association

Nestled in the Nantahala National Forest and the Hiwasee River Valley, the town of Hayesville in Clay County, North...
Balancing Nature and Commerce in the New River Gorge Region

Balancing Nature and Commerce in the New River Gorge Region

In October 2010, the Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network brought together local business leaders, elected officials and public land managers...
Balancing Nature And Commerce In Unicoi County

Balancing Nature And Commerce In Unicoi County

Known as “The Valley Beautiful,” this rural Appalachian community is prime for development, but it is also home to...
Economic Analysis for Big Bend Region of Florida

Economic Analysis for Big Bend Region of Florida

In Spring 2015, The Conservation Fund compiled a comprehensive analysis of the economy of the Big Bend region of...
Harbour-8 Park

Harbour-8 Park

Getting its name from three railroad tracks that form its boundaries, the Iron Triangle section of Richmond, California, has...
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

Women are the fastest growing segment of farmers in the country, and in rural western North Carolina, women farmers...