Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective
Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective is a team of farmers, businesses, organizations, and nonprofits across West Virginia that work together to market, sell, and distribute local products for customers across the region.
Turnrow's producers, drivers, sales, and processing team are passionate about local foods and providing quality fresh produce to our community. Its focus is "seed to box," working with producers and buyers to bridge the necessary gap to fundamentally changing our approach to accessing local food.
Turnrow formed the largest food collective in West Virginia by combining several food hubs and co-ops under one “roof”. It's already growing to serve the greater region by working in surrounding states like Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia. Turnrow is working with approximately 75 farmers throughout the region to ensure that fresh, quality food is distributed quickly and efficiently to buyers that value the grit, dedication, and craft that working in these mountains and valleys have required of our farmers for generations.
804 Industrial Park Rd.
Maxwelton, WV 24957
Blue Acre Appalachian Aquaponics
Blue Acre Appalachian Aquaponics is an aquaponics production and training center located in Kermit, West Virginia. This project is funded by the WVDEP and US OSM Abandoned Mine Land Pilot program and began operation in late 2020.
Aquaponics is a system in which the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. The Blue Acre greenhouse has capacity to produce over 150,000 heads of fresh lettuce and over 20,000 pounds of fresh tilapia each year. Its aim is to operate the facility sustainably and employee 3 to 5 full-time staff while also offering workforce development and beginning farmer education and training opportunities.
Blue Acre hopes to become a production model that can be replicated across Central Appalachia, increasing our ability to provide healthy and nutritious local food to our communities while growing farm businesses.
The facility will also implement an education program that will introduce aquaculture to college students, school groups, and others interested in learning about this production model.