Southwestern Virginia

Kurt Holtz

Lately there’s been a growing outcry about how eating meat is bad for the planet. But a new breed of regenerative farmers say, exactly the opposite is true. They argue, that an age-old farming practice known as rotational grazing, if more widely adopted, could actually save the planet, by sequestering carbon, restoring depleted soil and producing more nutritious meat than conventional farming. It’s all about how the animals are raised.

Appalachian Voices

 A new solar electricity project will soon get underway in southwestern Virginia…the first ever to be built on abandoned mine land in the area....perhaps the country.  It marks a new day for energy in the region and, its creators hope, for the economy as well.

Jimmy Davidson Appalachian Voices

A group of Communities in southwestern Virginia created a plan a couple of years ago to bring more solar energy to the region. And it appears to be working. 

Community Farmer’s markets bring a bounty of locally grown food, and cottage industries to town.  And these small business owners often have a special kind of dedication to their customers, their employees, and, in this case,  to the welfare of people they don’t even know.

Kurt Holtz

Construction continues on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in southwest Virginia, but several challenges to it remain unresolved. One that is still up in the air-- tree sitting protestors in Elliston. 

They’ve managed to hold their ground in an encampment along its route for almost a year, preventing construction, at least for now, in one small mountain hollow.