Snowvillains At Work

Snowvillains At Work

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Snowville Creamery, located just South of us in Meigs County, has provided our families with high quality dairy for years. Known for their use of A2/A2 genetics, which some research has found to be more digestible than the traditional A1 genetics (that cause inflammation and nausea in some people), “Snowville Creamery milk is as close to raw milk as you can legally buy at the grocers,” says Victoria Taylor, the owner. And this is especially essential in this tumultuous time where traditional supply lines are being disrupted. For during the time of Covid-19, Snowville continues to provide us our favorite yogurt, milk, cream, and cheese products.

The philosophy and the dairy products are both delicious, so if you’re interested there are plenty of ways to connect: A store locator can be … Read More

Lisa Heinz, owner of Southeast Ohio Fiber Works and ACEnet client, supplies local and national need for masks. Her masks are come in three different sizes for kids, adults, and giants (like me); you can choose several different patterns, and even a pocketed version for hydro-towel filters. With a convenient google form, it’s easy to supply yourself or your family with the state recommended masks.

These mask requirements and recommendations are important to economic activity either by customers or employees, for Governor Dewine’s recent order allowing parts of the economy to reopen comes with stipulations for each citizen: “No mask, no work, no service, no exception. Require face coverings for employees and clients/customers at all times.” Confusingly, as all things seem to be in this time, the next day he said, … Read More

Meigs County Farmers Market — Season Two

Meigs County Farmers Market — Season Two

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This past Saturday was an almost perfect opening day for Season Two of the Meigs County Farmers Market—blue sky, sunny day and the charming panorama of the Ohio River as the market backdrop. The Board of Directors have done a herculean job in the off-season to offer their community an amazing farmers market, even as the COVID-19 crisis loomed. If you haven’t visited this market, it is conveniently located on Main Street within the historic Village of Pomeroy, OH in the park along the Ohio River (you may also know this location as the levee parking lot). The 2020 season will run Saturdays from May through October 10 am to 1 pm. Food and farm vendors were available the first day, and by mid-May with the shifting of state guidelines, the … Read More

Local Partnerships in Times of Crisis

Local Partnerships in Times of Crisis

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ACEnet client Tina of Tina Tiaras making masks

Local partnerships in time of crisis: We want to celebrate local people creating local solutions. ACEnet always appreciates the power of networks, especially in these challenging times. A great example of a mobilized network is Passion Works Studio. Over the past few weeks they have pivoted to making face masks in collaboration with other community partners. Passion Works Studio Director, Patty Mitchell explains, “our concentration is constructing for front-line healthcare workers, nursing homes and the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities.” The masks will be sanitized before use.

Many partners are helping Passion Works Studio gear up as they manufacture masks.

Zonez is cutting material supplied by local dentist, Tim Lavelle, and the sewing team is sewing with both cotton and medical grade … Read More

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