Appalachian Food Chain Diversification Program VISTA

Monday, June 6th, 2022 from 12:00am to Monday, June 5th, 2023 12:00am (ET)


Do you want to make a difference in your community while building your resume and your professional network?


Work with ACEnet to help food & farm entrepreneurs start and expand their operations into businesses that support sustainable livelihoods, while increasing the diversity and safety in our local food economy. 


The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) is a community-based economic development organization serving the 32 counties of Appalachia Ohio. The mission of ACEnet is to grow the regional economy by supporting entrepreneurs and strengthening economic sectors.


ACEnet's Appalachian Food Chain Diversification Program VISTA position will provide capacity building support to a diverse partnership of non-profit economic development organizations, local food champions, farmers and producers working on solutions to healthy food access in rural Appalachia Ohio. This position will work with ACEnet staff to design evaluation, training and infrastructure support to provide specialty food & farming entrepreneurs with the resources, infrastructure, skills and strategies to start and grow their businesses into profitable operations that support sustainable livelihoods, while simultaneously increasing the diversity and safety in the local food economy. 


Other Program Benefits:

  • Stipend: $15,002 in accordance with the national Rescue Plan increase
  • 10 sick and 10 personal days, on top of host site days off
  • Relocation allowance: $750
    • Settling In Allowance: $750
  • Segal Education award for federal student loans or future education expenses: $6,495
    • OR optional cash award in lieu of education award: $1,800.
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Health Coverage* For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit 

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours

Learn more about ACEnet:

Opens May 3, 2022 12:00am
Registration Closes
May 20, 2022 11:59pm or when space runs out.