Growing Appalachia Conference | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Release Date: 
Friday, February 22, 2013
Press Contact: 
Todd Howard
Conference planner

Growing Appalachia Conference
Annual gathering looks to looks to help people save money and boost the local economy

List of Workshops

Beginner Track: Enhance your bottom line through season extension, You Can Can! (food preservation), and Beginning Organic Gardening.

Advanced Track: Collecting and marketing wild edibles and medicinals, Community Supported Agriculture: Selling Meats and Vegetables through Shares, and Small-Scale Dairy Production.

Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Track: Renewable Energy in the Mountains: Examples and Possibilities, Community Supported Agriculture: Selling Meats and Vegetables through Shares, and Stories and examples from Kentuckians who have built affordable, low-energy homes.

To see a description of each workshop and schedule, click here.

To learn more about workshop presenters, click here.

To register, cleck here.

Learning about ways to save and earn money through small-scale farming, energy efficiency and renewables will be the focus of the fourth Growing Appalachia Conference to be held March 9 in Prestonsburg.

The day-long conference will provide information and skills for healthier living and greater self-sufficiency. Workshops will have three tracks: Beginning, Advanced and Efficiency/Renewable Energy so anyone can come and find a place to fit their interest and skill level.

“All across Appalachia our families, friends and neighbors are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table,’ said Todd Howard, one of the conference planners. “The Growing Appalachia Conference addresses these issues specifically by teaching and informing participants about renewable energy options, energy savings, beginning farming, food preservation, wild medicinals and small-scale dairy production.”

A popular workshop last year on Do-It-Yourself Energy Efficiency will be repeated this year. It will focus on practical tips on improving home energy efficiency, including step-by-step instruction on what one can easily do themself, what local programs are available for assistance, and knowing when to call in the professionals.

Another workshop will focus on collecting and marketing wild edibles and medicinals. It will cover the identification, harvesting and marketing of native and naturalized edible and medicinal herbs, including how to prepare certain plants for personal use (salves, tinctures and recipes for the kitchen table).

“The information gained in each session can make a lasting impact on the participant, their family and regions by becoming more self-reliant and adding more money in their pockets,” added Howard, who is attending for the fourth year. “While the information presented is first class, the networking aspect is the part I enjoy most of all.”

Growing Appalachia is sponsored by the Floyd County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth with the Community Farm Alliance, Floyd County Farmers Market, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Grow Appalachia and the Pine Mountain Settlement School.

It will take place on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center. The conference is free, but a $10 donation is requested. Pre-registration is appreciated so that there will be enough locally-sourced food for lunch.

Register online at or by calling 606-263-4982.