The MIT Co-Lab is a project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The MIT Co-Lab is a city and regional planning publication where people who are doing the daily work of improving communities can share their stories, document their projects, and express their ideas.

In early 2011, Energize Clinton County was asked to contribute to this publication by sharing some of the stories of our community’s innovators. With the help of friend and photographer John Cropper, we were able to spotlight the work of seven local innovators.

The stories and wonderful photographs can be found on each of the innovators profiles.


Portraits from a Local Food Economy–Dale and Mark Stokes, Stokes Berry Farm

Farmers Market Breakfast–Jen Purkey, General Denver Hotel

The Donut Peach–Jon Branstrator, Branstrator Farms

Helping Farmers Grow–Rob Jaehnig, Center for Innovative Food Technology

Tomadah Paradah–Phil Swindler, Swindler and Sons Florists

Food Stamps at the Farmers Market, Dessie Buchanan, Clinton County Farmers Market

Beekeeping in Wilmington–Jeff Drapalik, Clinton County Resident