We work to make food more accessible in Appalachia Ohio. We value naming our assets-soil, seeds, and an Appalachian heritage of food production and preservation- so that everyone is empowered to feed their families, improve their health, and strengthen their community.
We are rooted in the belief that equitable access to healthy local food leads to a safe and clean environment, meaningful work with livable wages, and fulfills the needs and rights of all people. We believe in the strength of collaboration and in doing better together.
Our success is measured in the number of people we can help with the quality of programs and services we provide. These programs are fueled by our dedicated staff, caring volunteers and generous donors like you. Join us!
The Donation Station fights hunger while supporting the local food economy. We collect donations and purchase food from farmers to distribute to food pantries and agencies feeding those who are hungry today.
The Discovery Kitchen educates the public on how simple and delicious it is to eat healthy using seasonal local ingredients.
Community Gardens provide space for neighbor interaction, skill sharing, and the growth of food for community members, their families and their friends. We manage Community Gardens that provide people with the space, tools, water, mulch, and opportunities to interact with other gardeners
We also works with an advisory council to help manage fruit and nut trees on public land in Athens County, called Community Orchards, which are available for anyone to harvest from.
The Youth Entrepreneurs at Hope (YEAH! Kids) coaches low-income youth in gardening, culinary skills, money management and professionalism. YEAH! Kids grow produce and make food products to sell at the farmers market as a summer job experience.
School Gardens teach kids about the importance of healthy, fresh foods and give them an excuse to spend time outside. We partner with local schools to provide resources, technical support and consultation to make School Gardens available as a classroom.
We hold Gardening and Food Preservation Workshops to provide hands-on opportunities to learn about gardening, food preservation, cooking, and so much more.
As a way to empower members of our community to garden and grow their own food, we host Seed and Plant Giveaways each spring.
Ridge & Hollow sells regionally adopted, open-pollinated seeds in local retail locations. We partner with skilled growers to ensure our seeds are accustomed to the conditions of our region to grow and thrive here for generations.