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Root to Seed

Root to Seed

By Appalachian Accessible Food Network
Root to Seed is an Appalachian storytelling podcast dedicated to sharing unique stories about local food in southeast Ohio. We speak to farmers, food justice activists, entrepreneurs, and other innovators in our local food economy.

The show is produced by staff and volunteers from the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Community Food Initiatives, and Rural Action. These three nonprofits make up the Appalachian Accessible Food Network (AAFN), a collaborative project to accelerate the distribution of local foods into Appalachian Ohio communities.
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The Shagbark Seed & Mill Story

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The Shagbark Seed & Mill Story
Michelle Ajamian recounts the origin story of Shagbark Seed & Mill, from federal funding to community loans. They speak to the importance of a strong regional food system and some of the struggles that we face in achieving it. Especially when it comes to staple crops like beans and grains that make up the majority of our plant-based calories. More information about Shagbark Seed & Mill can be found at: To learn more about Michelle's work with the Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative check out:
June 15, 2022
The Annie Warmke Story
Annie Warmke recounts her personal history that led her to a career in activism, sustainability, and farming. We talk about the importance of advocating for women in agriculture, forest farming, mentorship, agritourism, and more. Please note that this episode contains details of domestic violence between 4 and 14 minutes into the episode, so skip to the 14 minute mark if that would make you uncomfortable. More information about Annie and Jay’s work at Blue Rock Station can be found at: Email to sign up for the email list Music by Jacob Schoeler
May 06, 2022
The Woodland Ridge Story
In this conversation, Paul Harper from Woodland Ridge Farm and Learning Center talks about his business endeavors in local food and agritourism, as well as his thoughts on nutrition and rural life. For up-to-date information about Woodland Ridge Farm and Learning Center, call Paul Harper. His information, along with more detail on his work, can be found at: Music by Jacob Schoeler
May 06, 2022
The Veggie Van Story
Ivan Orquera, the manager of the Veggie Van program at Community Food Initiatives, joins us in this episode to talk about the Veggie Van mobile market and how it plays a role in reducing food insecurity in southeast Ohio. For more information on the Veggie Van: CFI website: Veggie Van Facebook Group: We also mention a few other food access programs throughout the episode. You can find more information on each of those here: CFI’s Donation Station Rural Action’s Chesterhill Produce Auction Chesterhill Buying Club Produce prescriptions with Hopewell Health Music by Jacob Schoeler
May 06, 2022
The Athens Farmers Market
In this episode, we learn all about one of the best farmers markets in the state of Ohio - the Athens Farmers Market! We sit down with Market Manager Tanya Hire to discuss what it takes to sustain a local economy through efforts like supporting beginning farmers and making local food accessible for people in need. Listen til the end to learn more about getting involved with the AFM! Reach Tanya at Learn more here!:
September 27, 2021
SNAP Benefits (Part 3): Making Local Food Accessible When You Can’t Accept SNAP
In this episode, we close our series on the SNAP benefits program with a conversation with Tom Redfern, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at our local partner organization Rural Action. Tom helps us understand what makes an eligible SNAP vendor as we dig into the question “Why can’t places like Rural Action’s Chesterhill Produce Auction accept SNAP Benefits?” SNAP guidelines are no obstacle to RA’s Sustainable Agriculture team, and Tom fills us in on all of the many ways they are making local food more accessible in Southeast Ohio and West Virginia. Tune in to learn more about food access programs like Country Fresh Stops, Produce Prescriptions and Rural Action’s partnership with the CFI Veggie Van and Donation Station! Learn more here!
July 30, 2021
SNAP Benefits (Part 2): SNAP Education
In this episode, we sit down with our friend Patrick Tegge to discuss his work providing SNAP education classes through Ohio State University Extension. Patrick shares his perspective on the barriers that keep people from accessing SNAP, and what we can all do to support this essential program.
June 25, 2021
SNAP Benefits (Part 1): Athens County Job and Family Services
In this episode, we discuss SNAP benefits in-depth, along with the other vital programs that Athens County Job & Family Services brings to our region.
June 03, 2021
Health and Food Insecurity in Southeast Ohio
In this episode, we talk with Southeast Ohio locals about the health of our region.
April 30, 2021
Starting From the Ground Up
In this episode of Root to Seed, we talk the HIVE, community dinner, and Nourishing Networks with our guests Dottie and Paige.
March 26, 2021
Bringing the Farm to School (Part 2): Growing the Future
In the second part of our conversation with Jake Amlin, we dive deeper into growing the future.
February 23, 2021
Bringing The Farm To School (Part 1)
In this episode we talk to Jake Amlin of Federal Hocking Local Schools about the Farm to School program and what food justice looks like in a school facility.
January 25, 2021
Growing the Future
In this episode, we explore what gardens look like in the vast context of food justice.
December 23, 2020
We're In This Together
In this episode, we learn more about the different programs working in conjunction throughout the Athens area, from the Donation Station to Rural Action.
November 23, 2020
Our History With Food Justice
In this initial episode, we do a deep dive into Community Food Initiatives and its history with food justice in Southeast Ohio.
October 23, 2020