Author: Heather Niday

Save The Forest, Get Paid: This Appalachian Farming Initiative Shows People How

Ginseng, goldenseal, cohosh, bloodroot, ramps – all plants native to Appalachia and all appreciated around the world for their medicinal and culinary properties. In West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia, these plants have been harvested in the wild for generations. But over-harvesting of these slow-growing plants could diminish wild […]

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Music Comes Naturally To Son Of Hammons Legends

The Hammons Family of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, are known around the world for their distinctive old-time music that reflects the early Appalachian frontier of West Virginia. Nine members of the Hammons clan, Edden, Pete, Maggie, Sherman, Burl, Lee, Currence, Mintie and Dona, will be inducted into the West Virginia […]

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Love and Tradition Passed Down Through A Guitar

Mill Point is a blink-and-you’ll miss it wide spot off the twisty mountain roads of Pocahontas County, West Virginia. It’s also the home of Bill Hefner, a luthier who isn’t just making guitars, he’s passing his tradition of meticulous craftsmanship down to the next generation. A Music-Filled Life Bill Hefner grew […]

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