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Community Food Initiatives works to ensure everyone in Appalachia Ohio has access to healthy, local food.

We've been growing and sharing the harvest since 1992. 

With your help we can make a difference. Learn more about our programs and get involved.


For the past 25 years, Community Food Initiatives has been an integral part of the local food economy. In celebrating this milestone for our organization, we are reconnecting with some of our past staff, and we will be sharing their stories over the next several months and “Exploring our Roots.” Badger Johnson was an AmeriCorps COMCorps member serving at CFI between 2011 and 2013. He focused on expanding the community gardens and educating community members on growing and cooking with healthy foods. Badger’s work at CFI and interest in the environment continue to influence his work today. Read more about his time with CFI!

For the past 25 years, Community Food Initiatives has been an integral part of the local food economy. In celebrating this milestone for our organization, we are reconnecting with some of our past staff, and we will be sharing their stories over the next several months and “Exploring our Roots.” Leslie Schaller, currently the Director of Programs at ACEnet and Business Director at Casa Neuva, has been an integral part of the local food economy for the last few decades. Leslie played a lead role in founding Community Food Initiatives while she was working to develop ACEnet’s Food Ventures Center. She continues to work with CFI through collaborative funding opportunities with ACEnet and other organizations.

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