Partnerships and Community Initiatives
The Athens Harvest Festival & Bluegrass Jamboree is a fun, family-friendly annual celebration of the music, art, farms, communities and culture of the Appalachian region! Check back for more information about our developing local partnerships and community initiatives!
If you or your organization are interested in becoming an AHF partner or sponsor, please click the link below and complete the appropriate form. Thank you for your support!
A little about our 2018 Partners:
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Back in the spring of 1985, a group of eight recently unemployed restaurant workers decided to form a worker-owned cooperative called Casa Nueva. Those workers had never run a business before, but they collectively had over 100 years of restaurant experience…and the determination to create their own livelihoods. The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (then Worker Owned Network) had also formed in the spring of 1985 with a goal to promote community-based economic development in the region through the formation of worker-owned businesses. With their help, Casa Nueva’s founders developed a business plan, secured financing, and created the foundation of our current cooperative structure.As the business has grown over the years, Casa Nueva has branched out beyond the restaurant. In 1987, they created their own Casa Nueva Salsa and Limited Harvest product lines. And in October 1993, they expanded to include a full service bar called the Casa Cantina. In 2003, the owners embarked on the largest expansion project in the corporation’s history: doubling the size of the Cantina and adding a second kitchen.
Throughout their history, Casa Nueva has maintained a commitment to ownership opportunities for all employees. Although Casa Nueva or “new house” isn’t so new anymore, the owners stay committed to creating “what’s new” both as a business and cooperative.
Web site: www.casanueva.com.
Founded in 2002 in Athens, Ohio, Intelliwave is now the largest wireless internet service provider (WISP) in Ohio. As dial-up Internet gave way to broadband, it was clear that the Southern Ohio region was largely left behind by the networks of the larger carriers. In order to bridge this digital divide, Intelliwave began constructing a wireless network throughout the region which would serve as last mile distribution of Internet service to individual residents and businesses. Their broadcasting sites include cell towers, rural water tanks and grain legs. In some cases, there may be 200 customers connecting to a tower, in other places, there may be only 10. This flexibility allows Intelliwave to go where other carriers are not able or are unwilling to go.
Intelliwave’s wireless service is different from both mobile wireless (cellular service) and satellite. Unlike mobile cellular service, Intelliwave’s service is “fixed.” What this means is that a radio is installed at your home or business that connects back to a tower sites. Once the Internet is installed to your home, you are able to use it in the same way you would use any traditional data service such as cable or DSL. The only difference is that, rather than receiving your signal from a cable buried in the ground, your signal comes through the air. Intelliwave service is different from satellite service in that it is broadcast from “terrestrial” tower locations rather than satellites. As a result, the source is much closer to your location and therefore not subject to the rain fade and disruptions often found with satellite service.
Intelliwave offers unlimited data with no usage fees or data caps. This means a lot in a time when most homes have multiple devices connecting at any one time and often streaming video. In the case of businesses located in rural areas, traditional telecom capacity is often scarce. Intelliwave engineers dedicated wireless links to businesses which can deliver capacities of up to 100Mbs. This is often many multiples of what traditional rural services can provide.
Intelliwave also differs from the larger carriers because the company is owned and operated locally in the region. As a result, there is a deep commitment to treating our customers as our neighbors and friends. It can be daunting to try to get through the phone tree of a large telephone or cable company. At Intelliwave, you will speak with someone who is right down the road and who knows that solving your issue directly affects their own success and that of the company.
Web site: www.intelliwave.com
Howard Septic offers services including septic tank pumping, portable toilet rental, wash station rental and handicap unit rental.The company's goal is to meet the needs of customers whether it be pumping your septic tank or providing portable toilets for your events .Howard Septic can accommodate long-term rentals, large events, weekend parties and more, all while offering friendly service, clean and well stocked units, and no set up or delivery fees.
Septic tank service includes cleaning motor shaft, tank inspection for problems, and filter cleaning.Weekends and holiday hours are available at no additional charge. Howard Septic also offers a Veterans discount.
Employees attend training classes on a regular basis and are licensed and bonded.
Web site: https://howardssepticservice.com/
Seed to Serve
The Seed to Serve family is committed to supporting local foods, rethinking common practices to help reduce their carbon footprint, and being a positive force in the community. They work hand-in-hand w/ Seed to Serve Farms to bring you fresh, organic produce and free-range all-natural chicken. The Seed to Serve team strives to always feature menu items that have been raised, harvested, and prepared themselves.
From concept to clean-up, Seed to Serve is committed to delivering exceptional catering services. Whatever your vision, Seed to Serve can turn it into a reality.
Web site: www.seedtoserve.com
Hocking College Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty and Staff share a vision that honors the Hocking College legacy of innovation and creativity; delivering relevant programs in high demand career pathways including transfer programs. Hocking College will be a partner and a leader in regional economic development to address social and economic disparity and provide upward mobility to those we serve. We aspire to provide an affordable comprehensive college experience with opportunity for development of the mind, body and spirit in an inclusive atmosphere for those who seek a relevant world-class hands-on experiential learning experience in a caring, supportive and nurturing environment.
Web site: www.hocking.edu.
Zero Waste Event Productions
The Zero Waste Program promotes the development of a zero waste economy. In a zero waste economy, product development conserves natural resources, product design leads to reuse, repair, recycling or composting, and all discards become assets that benefit the people, the planet and the local economy. We support this ideal through general education about recycling, waste assessment of homes and businesses, dumpsite clean-ups, zero waste events, and the implementation of the Athens Hocking Zero Waste Action Plan.
Web site: http://ruralaction.org/programs/zerowaste.
A little about our 2018 Brewery Sponsors!
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Sustainably crafted with purpose, Jackie O’s is committed to producing beer and food that celebrates the vast agricultural resources available in Athens. That’s why they have been growing our own resources at Barrel Ridge Farm, a 20+ acre produce farm in Lodi Township, since 2010. Four greenhouses and an array of diverse vegetable, herb and flower patches throughout the farm supplement Jackie O’s production brews and the food served at their locations.
Web Site: http://jackieos.com/
Little Fish Brewing Co.
Little Fish's philosophy is to brew simple, rustic, and beautiful beers. While farmhouse ales and sours are close to their hearts, the team at Little Fish equally loves to brew and drink a meticulously crafted lager or a hop-forward pale ale. Nothing is off the table as long as it pairs well with friends and family!
Little Fish strives to make their Athens brewery a reflection of their beliefs. When feasible, they use organic malts. Their specialty grains, such as corn and spelt, are grown locally in Ohio. The electricity is 100 percent wind power sourced. Every little bit helps!
Web site: https://littlefishbrewing.com/
A little about our 2018 Sponsors!
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Farm on the Ridge
Located in Jackson County. Farm on the Ridge breeds and raises heritage pasture-based pigs that are supplemented with Non-GMO feed. This further reduces the probability of unnatural or harmful chemical substances going directly in to the animals daily diet. The animals are bred and born on the premises in a closed, bio-secure environment. This allows the farmers to raise livestock without the use of antibiotics due to no disease risk from outside swine.
Web site: http://www.farmontheridge.com/
Snowville Creamery is an Ohio differentiated dairy processing company owned by Warren and Victoria Taylor that strives for continuous improvement producing outstanding dairy products from grass-grazed, sustainable dairy farms. Snowville Creamery is part of an integrated food economy with dairy farmers, feed and forage producers, distributors, and retailers. Our farmers and their suppliers are paid fair and stable prices so they can bring continuous improvement to their operations.
Snowville Creamery is proud to provide a line of milk and cultured products that come from grass-grazed cows. This grass-based diet gives our milk its exceptional flavor. Our process is unique and different from the vast majority of commercial dairies and creameries in that we do not homogenize and only lightly pasteurize our milk to create a healthy, rich and flavorful dairy product that can only be described as “Milk The Way It Used To Be.”
Web site: http://www.snowvillecreamery.com
In 1809, Joseph Herrold built a mill on the banks of the Hocking River in Athens, Ohio. In 1912, the mill was purchased by the White family. Unfortunately, the mill burned to the ground in 1913. Edgar White then purchased the Nathaniel Vale Mill in nearby Dyesville in Meigs County. The timbers were marked and the mill was disassembled, put on barges that were pulled by oxen, and brought to Athens where it was reassembled and expanded ... and where it still stands today as White’s Mill. Along the way, the dam washed out, folks started buying store bought and change was needed.Mike Toomey bought the mill in the 1990s and proceeded to shift to more of a home, pet and garden retail center along with some local products. In 2016, he sold the business to long-time employees Rodney Dowler and Tyler Schloss. Dowler and Schloss continue to build upon Toomey’s business model.
The mill has been renovated and opened for retail and has grown into even more of a local treasure. Come see for yourself!
Web site: http://www.whitesmillathens.com
Why choose Avalanche Pizza? They bake to differ! Offering more than 50 toppings, 30-plus Signature Pizzas, Boulder Sandwiches, and Wings! Whether you are a carnivore, omnivore, vegetarian or vegan, Avalanche Pizza aims to please and help you get Fed Up!
Web site: www.avalanchepizza.net
Bagel Street Deli
Home of the Bagelwich since 1993, the Bagel Street Deli boasts one of the largest, most varied menus in Athens, Ohio. Offering more than 20 different bagel and bread selections, 10 types of meats, four types of tofu, more than 10 different cheese choices, six specialty cream cheeses, and any vegetable or condiment you can think of ... toasted and steam melted together! Also serving made-to-order salads with local greens and spinach.
Web site: http://www.bagelstreetdeli.com/
Farming in a more sustainable way, Ohio Aquaponics produces fresh greens and ornamental koi with aquaponics. Aquaponics combines the technology of hydroponics and aquaculture, to grow fish and produce in an integrated system. This way of farming allows more production in less space as conventional farming and only uses 20 percent of the water.
The company's journey into Aquaponics started in the spring of 2015. The next two years were spent building various size systems, studying, trailing products, and finally taking the leap forward to pursuing it full time.
Web site: http://ohioaquaponics.wixsite.com/website
Dovetail Solar and Wind
Dovetail Solar and Wind is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced renewable energy firms in the Ohio area. They are one of the few that provide all three major technologies: solar electric, solar thermal and wind.
Founded in 1995, Dovetail Solar and Wind has more than 22 years experience in renewable energy system design, installation and green building. If you are considering a solar or wind system for an existing home, business, non-profit or farm, or if you would like to incorporate it into new construction, Dovetail would be delighted to help you determine the best, most cost effective options for your project. Dovetail has deep experience in building large ground mounted solar arrays for commercial, government and utility projects.
Web site: http://www.dovetailsolar.com/
Barnes Advertising is a fourth generation, family owned Outdoor Advertising business headquartered in Zanesville, Ohio, with 592 billboard faces throughout 15 counties in Southeastern Ohio. Barnes Advertising joined the Digital Revolution in 2009 with their first two Digital Outdoor faces in Zanesville. They have since added six more digital boards.
Barnes Advertising is a company that prides itself on the ability to build relationships with their valued customers and vendors. Their sales staff works closely with each business to assist in building a marketing plan that best suites their objectives and needs. Many clients have consistently used Barnes' outdoor boards as part of their organizations' marketing strategies for over 45 years!
In addition, Barnes is an avid believer in giving back to the community. In 2015 alone, Barnes donated 524 billboard faces at a value of more than $297,000 to area agencies. Some of these agencies included Rotary, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Muskingum Family Y- Women of Achievement, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Veterans Association, just to name a few. We are grateful to Barnes Advertising for their generosity in counting the Athens Harvest Festival among their 2018 recipients!
Web site: barnesadvertisingcorp.com
HomeAdvisor is an easy way for homeowners to find and connect with trusted home improvement, maintenance and repair professionals.
A leading online home improvement marketplace, they have connected more millions of homeowners to their network to hundreds of thousands of prescreened home service professionals covering over 500 different types of projects.
HomeAdvisor offers our homeowners a comprehensive suite of tools, products and services such as our patented Profinder, True Cost Guide, Instant Connect and Instant Booking. Access to all of the site’s features is free to homeowners, with no membership fees.
They have an award-winning mobile app and a suite of Smart Home Apps to help connect users on demand to prescreened home service professionals. Our multi-platform app integrates with smart devices, including Amazon Echo and Apple iWatch.
Web site: https://www.homeadvisor.com/c.Athens.OH.html
Pop Up Party Inflatables
Pop Up Party Inflatables is a locally family owned and operated business based in neighboring Gallia County, Ohio. They rent a wide variety of inflatables, party items, tables, chairs and more to Gallia County and the surrounding area, including the Albany area. (Inflatables only in Ohio), and with excellent customer service!
Web site: www.popuppartyinflatables.com
Mountain Laurel Gifts
Mountain Laurel Gifts features fine leather, jewelry, cards, stationery, candles, gourmet foods, children's toys, household items, garden and home décor, as well as many beautiful items handcrafted by local artisans.
Web site: www.mountainlaurelathens.com
Whit's Frozen Custard
The first Whit's Frozen Custard opened on March 3, 2003, in Granville, Ohio, at the end of one of the region's coldest and snowiest winters in years. Granville did not know what frozen custard was and many felt it would not survive. However, there was a destiny to Whit's beginning and, against all odds, mother nature could not delay Whit's inevitable success.
As the years progressed, it has become even more of a family business with their son Henry helping as well as their daughter, Kaylyn, who has become an integral part of the business in helping open new store locations. You can even find on the menu an item named after their son, O'Henry George. Each location is family-owned and the presence of each of these families can be found at every Whit's location.
Web site: https://www.whitscustard.com
Nature's Magic began in 2008 as a residential and commercial cleaning business. As folks fell in love with the company's handmade, powerful plant-based, cleaning products, the owners decided to share them. Nature's Magic feels passionate about creating hardworking products that are eco-friendly, non-toxic, food-safe, and as sustainably and locally sourced as possible.
Web site: www.naturesmagicclean.com
Boving Family Farms
Boving Family Farms is a fifth generation family-owned farm located in Carroll, Ohio. They offer small square straw bales at $4/ bale, as well as fresh vegetables in the summer time. Call (614) 579-5396 to place orders.