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Mtn. News: Farms, Abandoned Mines, and Public Health

Mtn. News: Farms, Abandoned Mines, and Public Health

Letcher County KY farmers Charlie & Joyce Pinson at the CANE Commercial Kitchen in Whitesburg. Fall 2018. Photo by Sydney Boles.


In this episode we bring you stories about the land we live on, and how we craft healthy lives for our families and communities on that land.

First, from the archives, we’ll hear a delightful story produced during Appalshop’s youth media training and leadership program, the Appalachian Media Institute.  During the 2009 AMI Audio lab, Sarah Craft recorded her family on hog-killing day.

Then, we hear some current farming news from southeastern Kentucky.  WMMT reporter Sydney Boles brings us an update on Letcher County’s CANE commercial kitchen, which opened in August 2018 at the old Whitesburg High School.  We covered that opening event, and Sydney went back to learn more about the kitchen a few months into it’s operations.

Rounding out this episode we’ll hear three pieces from our partners over at the Ohio Valley ResourceThe first focuses on state policies across the region that restrict the expansion of renewable energy sources like solar.  Then, we learn about record breaking rates of Sexually Transmitted Iinvections across the U.S. And last, we’ll hear about some ideas for how to clean up and re-purpose abandoned mine lands throughout Central Appalachia.

Music on this show features Shelby County, Kentucky’s own John Harrod with a fiddle tune called Hog in the Red Bresh.  That song was released on Harrod’s new album, “Johnny Come Along”, in the summer of 2018 by Appalshop’s own Juneappal records.




appalachian history,
arts & culture,
coal industry,
drug epidemic,
economic transition,
energy & environment,