The work week goes by fast and it isn’t always easy to factor in time for a leisurely read. But if you’re looking to spend some time this weekend relaxing and getting caught up on what you missed in the last seven days, we’re here to help.
Most area markets will be starting up in the next few weeks, though a few — including the Asheville City Market, the WNC Farmers Market and the Jackson County Farmers Market — are open year-round. With the help of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Xpress is providing a roundup of regional markets, including markets accepting food assistance programs.
Event announcement: SolarizeWNC to hold information forum in Franklin on April 7.
From the Get It! Guide: Asheville GreenWorks’ new executive director may be new to Asheville. But her roots in environmental education go all the way back to childhood exploration in NYC.
Press release: Local favorite, Tupelo Honey, branches out into central Tennessee.
Press release: Latest impact study from local nonprofit, Children First.
Blue Ridge Community Health Services is one of several organizations participating in National Farmworker Awareness Week, which runs from March 24 through March 27. The national campaign was started by Student Action with Farmworkers to bring attention to the unsafe working conditions and low wages that face many agricultural workers.
Event announcement: Southern Appalachian Family Farms presents “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Expo” on Saturday, March 28, at the Brasstown Community Center
Press announcement: Volunteers in Asheville GreenWorks’ Green Adventure Day had quite the cleanup at Smith Mill Creek last Saturday.
From the Get It! Guide: John Mahshie says he realized the value of the exercise, healthy eating and time spent in the sun that comes with farming — and what that could mean for veterans experiencing isolation or even suicidal thoughts as they struggle to reintegrate into civilian life. “It’s a natural fit for this sort of healing,” he says.
An exciting new venture for Asheville GreenWorks and Hillcrest Apartments means increased food access and new jobs for the public housing development.
Looking for some longform (or longerform) reads to cozy up with over the weekend? Here’s a round-up of our leading feature stories from the last seven days. Happy reading!
Event announcement: Headwaters Outfitters will host a special presentation by bamboo fly rod maker Lou Dondero from On The Rise Bamboo Rods. Saturday, April 4th at 2:00 p.m.
From the Get It! Guide: Allison Casparian has spent her entire adult life working in food. But it wasn’t until she experienced her own personal health crisis that she realized the power of nutrition and wellness.
From the Get It! Guide: Green jobs, lush community gardens, community cookouts and water quality testing — these might not be things many in Asheville picture when they think of public housing. But residents says Asheville’s public housing neighborhoods are investing in their communities’ welfare and leading a growing interest in “greening” up the neighborhoods.
From the rancher with the cowboy hat and lasso to the grower on the tractor gazing out over the cornfield, our idea of a farmer is most often of a male — specifically an older, white male. In many ways, statistically speaking, that image isn’t wrong — but it may be changing. Diversity in agriculture is growing in WNC. Who are these new farmers? What challenges are they facing? And what new perspectives will they bring to agriculture in WNC?
The organization has been running a pop-up food pantry and food security effort out of three locations in Black Mountain since 2012 but has been looking for a way to expand its reach since last spring.
From ASAP: Even though the new season won’t officially arrive for a couple weeks, spring greens are here! Thanks to season extension, farmers are able to supply greens like lettuce and kale throughout the winter.
From the Get It! Guide: “I kept hearing about how diverse this community is, but I didn’t see it,” recalls Building Bridges co-chair Audrey Yatras of her 2006 move to Asheville. “We want to pat ourselves on the back, but we’re actually not diverse at all. “
From the Get It! Guide: The Haywood County Gleaners currently work with 17 farms and farmers markets to gather leftover crops and donate them at 27 different sites, including senior centers and food pantries.
From the Get It! Guide: According to MANNA FoodBank’s 2014 Map the Meal Gap study, food insecurity affects 15.3 percent of Western North Carolina. But several local efforts are looking to stop food insecurity in WNC, bringing the battle to the fields, the pantries, the neighborhoods and even city hall.