Anthony Flaccavento is an organic farmer who lives near Abingdon, Virginia, in the heart of Appalachian Virginia. In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), which has become a regional and national leader in sustainable economic development. Anthony founded SCALE, Inc., a private consulting business dedicated to catalyzing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems.

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In early November 1996, workers arriving for the morning shift at the Louisiana Pacific plant in Dungannon, Virginia, were told to go home. After 10 years of operation, the plant, which used the region’s forests to manufacture oriented strand board, a type of engineered wood commonly used in construction, had closed without warning. The …

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