Grow Appalachia, the Appalachian Studies Association, and Mid Atlantic Arts’ Central Appalachia Living Traditions program announced that the 2023 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowship is West Virginia agripreneur, farmer and community servant Jason B. Tartt, Sr. He is the owner of T&T Organics, located in the McDowell County, West Virginia area. T&T Organics provides educational support to future and current food producers, and sells organic heirloom products at affordable prices to the residents.
A former military policeman, Tartt returned to his hometown in 2010, with a mission to farm and take care of his family and community. He began T&T in 2014. Since that time, Tartt has farmed and co-founded Economic Development Greater East and several other organizations. He is also a co-founder of Appalachian Gold, a collaborative created to sell food products from Appalachia and its many sub-regions.