Join us, Friday, September 14th for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the introduction of the Floyd EcoVillage’s Village Center and for a talk with Anthony Flaccovento, Virginia Congressional Representative candidate for the 9th District.
3:00-5:00pm, refreshments provided.
Contact 540-745-4434 for more information.
718 Franklin Pike
Floyd, VA 24091
About Anthony Flaccavento:
Anthony is a family farmer, community leader and small business owner. He has worked on community environmental and economic development in central Appalachia for the past 25 years. In 1995, Anthony founded Appalachian Sustainable Development, which has since become a national leader in sustainable economic development.
Anthony has also started or helped start a number of farming, business and community programs over the past 20 years, including:
• A homeownership program for low-income residents that has now built nearly 200 homes in the district
• Appalachian Harvest, which has helped more than 60 farmers (including many former tobacco farmers) to increase profits and sell to supermarkets
• The Abingdon Farmers Market, one of the strongest in the state, and several other farmers markets around the district
• A local merchants association
• Healthy Families, Family Farms, which provides local organic produce to families in need while supporting local farmers
• A local green building coalition that helps promote businesses in energy-efficient building, solar and wind energy and geothermal energy
In 2009, Anthony founded SCALE, a consulting firm dedicated to developing and supporting sustainable regional economies and food systems. SCALE works with farmers, small businesses, economic development agencies and community leaders in Appalachia and other communities.
Anthony has spoken extensively about economic development, sustainable farming and Appalachian issues. He has received several awards and honors for his work, including the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award and the Arthur Smith Environmental Stewardship award. Anthony was selected by Blue Ridge magazine in 2009 as one of central Appalachia’s most important agents for positive change. He was a Kellogg National Food and Society Policy Fellow during 2007 and 2008.
Anthony has a BS in Agriculture and Environmental Science from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh. He is married with three children.