Kentucky by Heart: Irma Gall, Peggy Kemner join to ‘lend a hand’ to the less fortunate in Knox County

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Irma Gall, amazingly spry to be in her mid-eighties, was only too happy to show me her cabin, one she built “on a wide space on the road” at the base of a steep hillside just a few hundred yards from Stinking Creek. “I’m a rock mason, and I believe in good foundations,” she noted, pointing out the intricate meshing of native stones holding together a split-railed...

Grow Appalachia, Greenhouse 17 focusof upcoming Food News & Chews

Food News & Chews TV Show, hosted by Lexington chef Jeremy Ashby and Brasabana manager Sylvia Lovely, explores the good works of Grow Appalachia during the month of November.   Chef Jeremy and Sylvia meet David Cooke, executive director of Grow Appalachia, to learn how Appalachian counties are becoming food producers for the region. Grow Appalachia, based in Berea and partnering with Berea...

Everyday Heroes: Grow Appalachia one more way Wayne Riley continues to pay it forward

Wayne Riley created the Laurel County African American Heritage Center in London in 2004. He also leads the Grow Appalachia community garden growing project. (Photo provided)   This story will be included in Steve Flairty’s book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4,” scheduled for release in 2015.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   When Wayne Riley founded the...

Perry Co. walk organizer sees himself as part of problem and solution to area’s health woes

Sam Neace, organizer of the Great Perry County Walk Saturday, Sept. 20, knows firsthand that healthy habits begin with a single step. (Photo by Cris Ritchie)   By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward correspondent   When it comes to health and fitness, Sam Neace might be one of the worst role models around. At least, that’s the way he sees it.   “I don’t pay anywhere near as much...

With chance for better quality of life, Letcher Co. Farmers Market finally gets off the ground

By Kelli B. Haywood Special to KyForward   Five previous attempts to create a farmers’ market in a small Eastern Kentucky county have failed. This time around, organizers are helping participants focus on income generation and health.   White half-runner green beans for sale at the Letcher County Farmers’ Market. The vegetable is a regional favorite. (Photo by Kelli B. Haywood) Ben...