Land-use organization Sustainable Now releases video series

Sustainable Now, an Asheville-based organization that describes itself as “a prototype program designed to accelerate the widespread use of truly sustainable environmental, economic and community-building practices,” has released a series of videos from its Four Futures for Mountain Farmland Symposium, a conference which was held at Warren Wilson College earlier this spring. Speakers include Becky […]

Season’s a Highland Lake to hold Spainish-themed dinner

From Season’s at Highland Lake Event announcement Season’s at Highland Lake announces their Spanish Wine Dinner Event, highlighting the robust, earthy flavors of Spain, in both food and wine.  This elegant wine-pairing dinner, including a Chef’s choice amuse bouche, is set for Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in a beautiful private dining room at Season’s. Reservations for this exclusive event are required.  The cost […]

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Biltmore Village to hold annual Beer, Bites and Bands event

Historic Biltmore Village will host its second annual Beer, Bites and Bands event on Saturday, June 20. The event will include samples from Catawba Brewing Company and Appalachian Vintner, as well as live music by Simple Folk. See the full release below. From Historic Biltmore Village Press release Restaurants and breweries in Historic Biltmore Village […]

Buzzing with activity: Sage Turner, urban beekeeper and finance manager for the French Broad Food Co-Op, keeps hives in her West Asheville backyard and on the roof of the co-op building. Turner is one of a growing number of Ashevilleans who have taken up beekeeping to protect pollinators from threats including habitat loss and pesticides.

Pollinator week creates a buzz for the bees

Bee City USA will host its third annual Pollinator Celebration, a week of pollinator-centric events — held from Thursday, June 11, until Sunday, June 21 — designed to invite the public into the world of pollinators. The Asheville celebration aligns with National Pollinator Week sponsored by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

‘Goats on the Greenway’ to battle invasive plants at Hominy Creek Greenway

Remember those adorable (or #highmaintenance, depending on who you ask) “Goats of the Gorge” that helped to get rid of invasive exotics plants like kudzu at Chimney Rock State Park? Well, now you’ll be seeing them in West Asheville. The goats, supplied by KD Ecological Services, will be chomping down on non-native plants along the Hominy Creek […]

Finding something lost: A sense of serenity and a connection to others are two of the things often lost in addiction, notes Craig White of First Step Farm. But those are also the very two things this farm-based recovery program seeks to grow.

Harvesting serenity: First Step Farms uses agricultur­e to overcome addiction

First Step Farms WNC is two farmsteads, both located on historic farmland in Candler. One site grows vegetable starts for small farms; the other grows flowers for weddings and school graduations. But the farms’ primary purpose goes beyond agriculture — the two sites are home to a substance abuse recovery program that uses farming to restore self-confidence in recovering addicts.