ACEnet tenant Athens Ki-Aikido is a traditional dojo (training hall for traditional cultural, spiritual, or martial arts) offering practice and instruction in the Mind/Body Oneness Awareness training of Ki Development (Shinshin Toitsu Do) and the modern Japanese Defensive Skills system of Ki-Aikido (Shinshin Toitsu Aikido). Ki Development is a unique system related to traditional Awareness Arts and trainings such as Yoga, Qigong, etc. Ki-Aikido is an evolution of traditional Japanese Martial Arts practiced for awareness, health/fitness/wellness, and spiritual/personal exploration, as well as self-defense.

Aikido is a paradoxical practice because it teaches not-fighting; it is often called “The Way of Peace.” The context of training is a combat situation – someone “attacks” and another “defends.” Aikido offers dynamic self-defense on a physical level and also, by extension, crisis/conflict resolution skills useful in … Read More

Tuckerman’s sells candy and candles in Middleport Ohio. Feeling like a kid in a candy store is easy when you’re in a candy store and haven’t grown up. This is to say, that Tuckerman’s on Lincoln, a Middleport institution, makes you feel like you’ve gone home to a place that never really existed. The store is unique to the area. You can find a cornucopia of colors & combinations: hot pinks, neon greens, root beer browns, and bright whites; old style bottled root beer, Amish chocolate, and Turkish taffy. My personal favorite was the $3 box of candy – you can stuff it with as much candy as you can (and still close the lid). After I had filled mine, Amy explained that this is often a competition between siblings … Read More

ACEnet Collaborates with AIR: Shift – Central Appalachia. The AIR Institute (AIR) is an empowering ecosystem that provides artists, businesses and communities the tools, resources, and support to learn, connect, and succeed. AIR merges the creativity of the arts with the innovation of business to raise the value of arts and creativity in all our communities. AIR was created to teach creatives and business people to share their strengths and connect. AIR worked with hundreds of people across the Intermountain West to pilot and begin the implementation of the programs. In 2016, Berea College acquired the intellectual property of the AIR programs and hired Beth Flowers, the creative force and leader of the program, as the Director of the AIR Institute of Berea College.

Growing your local economy using a collaborative … Read More

Running a small business in Southeast Ohio takes hard work, tenacity, and gumption. People start small businesses for a number of different reasons, so in our new 3-part series, you will meet three ACEnet clients. You may already know them, but if you don’t this is your opportunity to learn about them, their businesses, and why they started them.

Last week we introduced you to Primaterra Farm. Our next client, Farm on the Ridge, is a necessity for every gourmand and our last entry in this blog series. Another staple at the Athens Farmers Market, you may have seen them on Saturday morning where they sell amazing pork products. In their own words, read how they got their start:

“We breed and raise pasture raised hogs with emphasis on the Red Wattle, … Read More

Running a small business in Southeast Ohio takes hard work, tenacity, and gumption. People start small businesses for a number of different reasons, so in our new 3-part series, you will meet three ACEnet clients. You may already know them, but if you don’t this is your opportunity to learn about them, their businesses, and why they started them.

Last week we introduced you to Gina Gabriel of Congress Run Greenhouse. You may know our next client from the Athens Farmers Market, where he sells delicious produce, poultry, and eggs every Saturday. His name is Henry Jochem:

Henry Jochem has been farming on twelve acres in Perry County, Ohio since 2015. Henry’s career in sustainable farming began in his early twenties when he worked on several farms throughout Maryland, eventually renting his … Read More

Running a small business in Southeast Ohio takes hard work, tenacity, and gumption. People start small businesses for a number of different reasons, so in our new 3-part series, I would like to introduce you to three ACEnet clients. You may already know them, but if you don’t this is your opportunity to learn about them, their businesses, and why they started them.

We met Gina Gabriel last year when she came to an ACEnet small business class at the Glouster Library. She told us that she had bought some land, opened Congress Run Greenhouse, and began selling plants. Here, in her own words, she explained her start to the present:

“’Don’t worry,’ 8 year old Marcus said to his muddy little brother Gabe, ‘we’re country boys now.’ Just like that, … Read More

Appalachia Asset Building Project

Appalachia Asset Building Project

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Melissa King, AmeriCorps VISTA at ACEnet

My name is Melissa King and I moved to Athens in 2015 from Cleveland, Ohio where I have lived my whole life. I graduated from Ohio University in December of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. While I was attending Ohio University I became interested in advocating for vulnerable populations and assisting individuals in locating supportive services in the community through the various volunteer experiences that I chose to pursue. While I was attending college I volunteered at organizations like Good Works Incorporated and Havar Incorporated where I gained a wide variety of professional experiences through various volunteer roles. My favorite volunteer experience while I was in college was my senior field practicum at Havar Incorporated who serves adults with developmental disabilities and … Read More

When stopping at a food truck for dinner after work, I met a man working hard on a beautiful sunny fall day. This man explained that he was installing aluminum flooring and shelving in his daughter’s food truck. As a big fan of Pork and Pickles I knew this food cart belonged to his daughter, Becky Clark. I asked him if Becky had learned to cook from him. He laughed, and told me that he was lucky to have married a cook and to have a chef for a daughter. Becky is a chef. Pork and Pickles serves, as you can guess, delicious pork, pickles, sausage, bacon, cake, and vegan food with a presentation matched only by the winners of The Great British Baking Show. You can find this food … Read More

As the newest member of ACEnet’s staff, I have a lot to learn. Before I began working for ACEnet, I was vaguely aware that they do something with food. I had come to know and expect the delicious smells wafting over the building from my years at working for ReUse Industries next door. Now, I can put those smells to names like Milo’s Whole World Gourmet, Casa Nueva, or Kaiser’s. In fact, I have learned that there are several small food manufacturers working out of the Athens Food Ventures Center shared use kitchen. And this makes sense because ACEnet’s mission is “to grow the regional economy by supporting entrepreneurs and strengthening economic sectors.” This is the type of thing you might see Pork and Pickles do in the kitchen on … Read More

Visit from Japan

Visit from Japan

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Visit from Japan Society and Japan NPO Center

ACEnet recently received a visit from theJapan Society and the Japan NPO Center. The visitors,
many of whom traveled a great distance to Southeast Ohio, got a glimpse of ACEnet and our
community during their short stay in the area. One visitor, an alumnus of Ohio University, was
especially excited to be back in Athens.

Before getting an overview of what ACEnet is, the members of both organizations explained what
other organizations or areas of work they were a part of and what they wanted to learn from ACEnet.

One individual who attended is the director of Taberu Journal, a magazine that has expanded across
Japan and focuses on connecting consumers to producers. Many of the articles feature farmers and
the passion and process behind what they are growing. A brief … Read More