BY KAYCIE STUSHEK, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NETWORK COORDINATOR, THE HUB
Tammy Jordan, founder of Fruits of Labor (operated out of Dawson and Rainelle locations in Greenbrier County), was honored with the Don Meyers Humanitarian Award for her dedication to serving Appalachians managing substance use disorder.
The award presented to Fruits of Labor gives Tammy a national stage to share her story – the audience at the National Association of Development Organizations/Development Districts of Appalachian America’s Annual Washington Conference in Virginia was composed of hundreds of economic development planning professionals from across Appalachia and the entire U.S.
Tammy’s heroic efforts not only bring hope to those struggling to reinvent themselves, her initiative also has a direct effect on the social and economic wellbeing of the region. The Fruits of Labor Café and Bakery is a mainstay business in Rainelle serving patrons from near and far. The Culinary training facility further serves as a community hub for many events, especially in relation to the recovery efforts from the 2016 Flood.
The overall operation includes a 218-acre farm which not only supports the café with farm to table produce but also serves as a conference and activity venue used for events and agricultural training.
Tammy’s program Seeds of Recovery focuses on recovery for adults by helping them reintegrate into society armed with viable job skills and confidence. The program has had an incredible success rate over the past 7 years boasting a 85% program graduation rate, with 90% of graduates successfully completing their drug court programs. She also manages a prevention program (Seeds of Hope) for at-risk youth, many who are aging out of the foster care system.
We are eager to be working more with Tammy – she is on the Meadow River Valley region team who just got accepted into the upcoming Blueprint Communities program!
Visit Fruits of Labor’s Facebook page to see more of their amazing food and work!