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Growing Hope in Appalachia

A greenhouse run by youths in foster care takes root amid the opioid crisis

The Stepping Stones Greenhouse will serve youths in foster care in Huntington, West Virginia. Photo: Stephen Ritz

Tucked into the mountains of Appalachia, banked on the Ohio River, Huntington, West Virginia, is a city known for coal, oil, steel, and, most recently, the opioid crisis. The state has the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the nation.

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Andrea Strong

Andrea Strong

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Andrea Strong is a journalist who covers the intersection of food, policy, business and law. She is also the founder of the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance.