- The Ohio Valley ReSource explores how the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) expanded substance abuse treatment for thousands, including recovering addict Wendy Crites. Producers Glynis Board and Rebecca Kiger bring us the story of Crites’ struggle for sobriety, told in her own words.
- Crime statistics show human trafficking is on the rise, including here in the Ohio Valley region. Now, some former victims of trafficking are raising awareness, and they’ve teamed up with some unlikely allies.
- Tim Sanders and his wife Becky have moved back to Tim’s boyhood home here in eastern Kentucky after 45 years to live the self reliant lifestyle, but quickly found they were part of a new economy building itself in coalfields Appalachia.
Read more on the first two segments of this episode at Ohio Valley ReSource by following the links above.
Reporter’s Notebook: Kelli Hansel Haywood
Indian Creek Settlement Farm is something to be experienced. If you’ve ever seen the photos of old homesteads in Central Appalachia when logging was as common as coal mining, and nearly everyone kept livestock, you might have an idea of what the farm looks like. The sounds, as you will hear in the story, are numerous and calming. While it’s not the typical yard of our homes now, it feels oddly familiar.
Tim Sanders and his wife Becky came back to Indian Creek from Arizona to retire and live a self sufficient lifestyle. It wasn’t long, though, before neighbors and passerby were stopping and asking about the animals Tim and Becky were tending. And naturally, seeing the heritage breeds of pigs, cows, goats, chickens, and a single turkey, folks began to ask if there was meat for sale. So, the Sanders family entered into a growing number of coalfields Appalachians who are creating a burgeoning local food economy.
The story of Indian Creek Settlement Farm is the first of several stories about “unconventional farms” in the region that I will be working on throughout the growing season. Be sure to tune in to Mountain News & World Report to hear about the others, and how local foods are making it onto grocery shelves and in the regions restaurants.
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