Appalachian Headwaters News

Washington Post: Why West Virginians in coal country are turning to beekeeping

Leisa Moten has a stable job as a church administrative assistant in West Virginia, but like some others in her town of Pipestem, which has a population of 846, she is living below the poverty line, earning $15,800 a year. Where she lives in southern West Virginia, the poverty rate reaches as high as 28 percent in certain areas, and unemployment in some counties…

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NPR: Out-Of-Work Appalachian Coal Miners Train As Beekeepers To Earn Extra Cash

Just like his grandfather and father before him, James Scyphers spent almost two decades mining coal in West Virginia. “These were the best jobs in the area; we depended on ’em,” he recalls. But mining jobs started disappearing,  . . .  click here to read the full article.

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