The Appalachian Writers Workshop at Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY has been a place of great sustenance for many writers for many years.

Southern Nature Writers hosts a plethora of fine authors all "Writing and Thinking about the Southern Landscape."

Orion Magazine One of the best nature magazines. Period.

Thomas Dunne of St. Martin’s Press published The Blueberry Years as well as many other fine books.

Wind Publications published Burning Heaven and also a slew of other great books.

Motes Books published Her Secret Song and has done amazing work creating excellent books.

West Virginia University Press published my first book, Finding a Clear Path, and continues to produce quality books.

Iris Press published Rita Riddle’s All There Is To Keep (a book I edited), continuing their tradition of being one of the best poetry publishers in the southeast.

The Bay Journal News Service publishes op-eds on environmental issues affecting the Mid-Atlantic region. Search their archive for a sampling.

The Land Institute for decades now has worked to fundamentally change how we farm. They also host an annual Prairie Festival that is incredible.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is the leading organization for better food in the Carolinas and throughout the southeast United States.

The Whitesbog Preservation Trust is a non-profit that is restoring the small "company town" in New Jersey where blueberries were first domesticated.

For insight on the amazing story of how the blueberry was domesticated, visit The Mighty Humble Blueberry.

Fred First took the spider web photo that appears on this homepage. He also took the cover photo for Burning Heaven, a sunset from the top of Buffalo Mountain. Fred writes and photographs from Floyd County, VA.

The Bland County History Archive in Bland County, VA teaches students both how to gather and appreciate their own, local history while also putting it online, and in turn, learning valuable technological skills.

For a place that does amazing work rescuing and healing injured sea turtles, visit The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

The Blue Ridge Forest Cooperative works to promote sustainable forestry in Virginia. I’m a founding member and current chair of the board.

Appalachian Voices’ “I Love Mountains” campaigns to end mountaintop mining. Visit to learn where your electricity, and coal to generate it, comes from.

For a great way to learn about the unique Appalachian ecosystem, visit the Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally site and also come to their rally every May.

Thanks to Ricky Cox for the up-close blueberry photograph used here as background.

And thanks to Cliff Dumais for all the help with this webpage. If you would like his help on your website, please email him at

Jake the wonder-mutt created a Fan Page on Facebook for Jim. Visit it here.

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