Master Gardeners and Rose Society to host plant sale Oct. 4

Press Release Buncombe County Master Gardeners For the 4th consecutive year, the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener volunteers (EMGs) will hold their popular fall plant sale. The Blue Ridge Rose Society will also participate in the sale. The date is Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine. The NEW location […]


Hellbilly Hootenanny to be held Saturday, Sept. 27

Who: BOOTLEGGERS CAR CLUB, PABST BLUE RIBBON & A BROKEN SPOKE CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE REPAIR ….proudly present…. What: The 6th Annual Hellbilly Hootenanny! When: (10a.m. SHOW CARS & BIKES ONLY!!!) SPECTATORS 12p.m. – 10p.m. September 27th, 2014 Where: A BROKEN SPOKE 874 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, ASHEVILLE, NC 28804 This event will be a full day of entertainment including – A […]

UNCA awarded new scholarship funds from the National Science Foundation

Press Release University of North Carolina Asheville The Departments of Atmospheric Sciences and Computer Science at UNC Asheville have been jointly awarded $613,609 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scholarships and academic support to undergraduate students. With scholarships of approximately $6,000 per year, the Atmospheric and Computer Science Exploratory Scholars (ACES) Program will […]

Transition Asheville celebrates 5th anniversary

Press Release Transition Asheville Transition Asheville, the local organization of the international Transition movement, is celebrating its 5th anniversary as an ‘official’ Transition initiative in the United States. The group has invited organizations and individuals to join them on Monday, October 13th for an evening of “visioning and back casting”, techniques developed to combine imaginative […]

LEAF, Children First to participate in State Department program

Press Release Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS)  in Asheville, NC and LEAF  Schools & Streets are participating in the Community Solutions Program of the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with IREX.  Amgalanzaya Tserenbaljir (Amaa) from Norwegian Lutheran Mission in Ulaanbator, Mongolia is placed at Children First/CIS. Lea […]

Photo courtesy of World Coffee Cafe.

Why I grow: Downtown rooftop gardening

More and more of Asheville’s downtown dwellers are finding creative ways to use their urban spaces for growing food. Russell Thomas, owner of the Flatiron Building, tells Xpress how he and his staff are converting the rooftop of the historic building into a hydroponic and raised-bed garden that is a source of both veggies and renewable energy for the building and its businesses. 

Photo by Alicia Funderburk, courtesy of Carolina Public Press

Photo essay from Carolina Public Press: Asheville’s ‘Peace Rally’ focuses on local community

From Carolina Public Press Story and photos by Alicia Funderburk About 150 people attended the Peace Rally, held last Saturday at downtown Asheville’s Triangle Park, expecting to take a stand against racism and stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo., the site of a the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer. […]

OrganicFest, healthy eating festival, to be held Sept. 7 in Pack Square

Press Release OrganicFest What: Organicfest 2014 ~ celebrating everything organic (and green!) When: Sunday, September 7, 10:00 am–6:00 pm Where: Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville, NC Why: Celebrate and promote the goodness of organics! Website: On Sunday, September 7, Asheville’s 13th annual Organicfest will bring thousands to Pack Square Park and the Roger McGuire […]

Photo by Jessica Merchant, courtesy of FEAST.

FEAST supplements the curriculum with garden-based education

Incorporating garden-based education with an emphasis on healthy eating into the regular curriculum is the goal of two in-school programs run by FEAST, an extension of Slow Foods Asheville. Funds gathered by FEAST and school PTOs will support faculty positions in two elementary schools this academic year where a FEAST Garden and Cooking Coordinator will work to bring the schools’ gardens into the classroom.