Not all chicken keepers are happy about the N.C. Department of Agriculture requirement that all chicken owners register their birds with the state, regardless of the size of their flock.

Attorney claims NC did not follow rulemaking process in chicken registration mandate

In an attempt to gain control over a possible avian influenza outbreak, the N.C. Department of Agriculture is requiring that chicken owners register their birds with the state, regardless of the size of their flock. Since March, the disease has been linked to the death of 48 million birds across 15 states, as reported by the Associated Press. […]

Master Gardeners award grants to school garden programs

From the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners Press release During the past school year, twelve public schools in Buncombe County were awarded a total of over $5,000 by the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGVs). The grants were made available through their School Gardening Grants program. Since the program’s inception in 2007, Buncombe County EMGVs have […]

Wine & Food Festival partners with Bon Appétit magazine for Aug. 20 event

From Asheville Wine and Food Festival Press release Join us for the GRAND TASTING as we transform the U.S. Cellular Center into a Culinary Circus for the largest culinary festival in Asheville. Experience a riot of local and international wineries, local area breweries, regional distilleries, restaurateurs, chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers. ELIXIR kicks off […]

Mountain Heritage High School student Sophia Coren helps plant the new pollinator garden at the Yancey County high school. Photo courtesy of Monarch Rescue

WNC schools partner with Monarch Rescue to create butterfly gardens

From Monarch Rescue Press Release As part of a national effort to stave the decline of monarch butterflies, Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, and Mitchell counties now have 13 new butterfly gardens, many installed by area students. Local organizations Monarch Rescue and Toe River Watershed Partnership have spear-headed the effort using a grant from the U.S. Fish […]


Asheville Community Yoga to host yogathon and fundraiser, Aug 8-9

The nonprofit yoga center, Asheville Community Yoga, will host a 24-hour yogathon beginning on Saturday, Aug 8. The event will feature yoga classes and workshops designed to accommodate all fitness levels. In a related event, ACY board member Chris Lechner will be swimming across Lake Michigan and donating his sponsorship funds to ACY. Both events are […]