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Food Justice in Appalachia

An exhibit by WVU Libraries in partnership with the WVU Food Justice Lab, the WVU Center for Resilient Communities and TURNROW Appalachian Farm Collective.

Exhibition Dates:

          Online Launch: October 2021

          Print exhibition at WVU Downtown Campus Library: October 2021-June 2022

Celebratory opening on Saturday, October 16, 4-6pm

Join us virtually or in person on World Food Day 

          In person: Downtown Library: register here.*
          Featuring Appalachian inspired appetizers by Hill & Hollow catering.
          5pm: Short presentations by WVU Libraries’ Dean Karen Diaz, Food Policy Director Joshua Lohnes, WVU           Extension Specialist in Public Health Kristin McCartney, and Hill & Hollow Chef Marion Ohlinger.
          Sign language interpreting services are available by request. To request an interpreter, contact  at least three business days prior to the event.

          Virtually: presentations begin at 5pm on Zoom, register here.

          Zoom program will offer live captioning. 

This multidisciplinary exhibition by WVU Art in the Libraries, in partnership with the WVU Center for Resilient Communities’ Food Justice Lab and TURNROW Appalachian Farm Collective, explores this multilayered, complex social movement in Appalachia and beyond through narratives from students, scholars and community-based organizations. Original art by eighteen regional artists, is juxtaposed with viewpoints  from  Appalachian non-profit organizations, farmers, food system development programs, cooperatives, and activists, as well as personal perspectives on Appalachian food traditions. The exhibit highlights various sub themes in the movement for food justice and offers suggestions for action  to shape a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system.

*During these uncertain times of COVID, we would like to know if you are coming so we can update you on any necessary changes of protocol.

Food Justice Day with WVU Center for Resilient Communities October 15

Visit the WVU Center for Resilient Communities' website for information on their activities on October 15 in anticipation of our exhibition launch here.

Find the full list of exhibition contributors here.

Lead Sponsors:

WVU Humanities Center logo

WVU Humanities Center Collaborative Engagement Grant

WVU Health Promotion logo

WVU Health Promotion and Wellness Grant

Additional Sponsors:

WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences 

MPB Print & Sign Superstore

WV Department of Agriculture

WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WVU College of Creative Arts 

WV Humanities Council

WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design 

WVU Office of the Provost Transform This Challenge Grant

WVU Division of Student Life


Mike & Tammy Miller on behalf of Pantry Plus More

Arts Council of Greater Morgantown

Visit Mountaineer Country Convention and Visitors Bureau 

Catherine Wilson Jones

Other resources:

Food Justice LibGuide

Primary and Secondary Food Justice Teacher Guide and Lesson Plans

Joshua Lohnes' presentation on Food Justice in Appalachia on the WVU Libraries YouTube channel

The exhibit will also become a digital exhibit living on the  WVU Libraries' website and archived on  The Research Repository at WVU.

Questions? Questions: Lead Curator: Sally Brown Deskins, WVU Libraries' Exhibits Coordinator, 304.293.0369,  email

Scholarly Consultants: