Buncombe County schools asks for parent input on make-up days

From Buncombe County Schools Press Release Buncombe County Schools officials will be asking parents and staff to take a short survey to gauge preference regarding future make-up days for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year. The five question survey will be available from Monday, February 23, through Thursday, February, 26. Already this year, there […]

CARING for Our Children receives $10,000 grant for crisis program

From CARING for Children Press Release CARING for Children is pleased to announce a $10,000 grant award from the Pisgah Investments Foundation to fund the Angels Watch program in 2015. CARING for Children’s Angels Watch program helps families in crisis by providing short-term foster care to young children (ages 0 to 6 or sibling groups […]

WNC Home, Garden & Green Living Show to be held March 20-22

From Home Garden and Green Living Show Press Release  The WNC Home, Garden & Green Living Show will be held in Asheville, NC on March 20-22, 2015. Sponsors of the show include Berkshire-Hathaway, Buck Stoves, Earth Fare, HomeSource Design Center, Asheville Radio Group, Independent Asheville Radio (WZGM), Clear Channel, Asheville Citizen-Times and the Western North […]

Extension office to host Winter Vegetable Conference Feb.25-26

From the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office Press announcement This is the largest commercial vegetable growers’ event in the region with a high quality educational program put together by extension specialists and agents at NC State University. Pesticide credits will be offered. There will also be a trade show and a silent auction that supports […]

Asheville Sustainable Restaurant Workforce to hold Feb. 23 meeting on wage theft

From Asheville Sustainable Restaurant Workforce Press Release Asheville’s independent and franchise restaurants are singing a happy tune these days. Last October was the record breaking month that put our city on the road to it’s best tourism year ever. There are a lot of culinary options for local and out of town diners to consider […]

WNC AgOptions awards grants to 31 local farms

WNC Agriculture Options, a program from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission,  awarded 31 farm businesses with grants totaling $168,000. Recipients include Balsam Gardens in Sylva, which will expand its operation to 33 acres on Sand Hill Road in Asheville.                           […]

Tryon Seventh-day Adventist Church to hold GMO seminar

Tryon Seventh-day Adventist Church looks to address growing concern regarding genetically modified organism through a public seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 24, the church said in a release. The event features guest speaker and holistic health practitioner Lee Wellard. Full details below. From Tryon Seventh-day Adventist Church Press release On Tuesday, February 24, at 6:30 pm, […]

Organic Growers School Spring Conference 2015

Organic Growers School announces class offerings for 2015 Spring Conference

From Organic Growers School Press Release The Organic Growers School will draw over 2000 gardeners, farmers, and foodies to Asheville for a weekend of workshops scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2015 at the University of North Carolina-Asheville in Asheville, NC. The 22nd annual Spring Conference event features classes for beginning backyard […]

N.C. Clean Energy Industry Report

Report: NC’s clean energy industry growing, Asheville a hub

A new report from the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association finds that North Carolina’s clean energy industry has grown 25 percent per year since 2012. The report found that the clean energy workforce is scattered throughout the state, but highlighted Asheville as one “cluster” for these jobs. The report, the North Carolina Clean Energy Industry Census, […]

Gather Together: The Haywood County Gleaners gather excess produce from local growers to donate to food security efforts. But the group realized much of their effort was going to waste and looked for ways to preserve more of the bounty.

Preserving food security: Canning foods for donation

For many of us, when we think of preserved foods, we picture our grandparents carefully canning tomatoes from their garden, or the menu at a trendy restaurant featuring sauerkraut or pickled quail eggs. But imagine what food preservation means to someone experiencing food insecurity or to a donation grower faced with excess produce rotting in the field, and the image becomes something quite different.

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Haywood County Master Gardeners accepting orders for 2015 plant sale

From the Haywood County Master Gardeners Press Release Order forms are now available for the Haywood County Master Gardner Association’s 2015 Plant Sale.  Contact the NC Extension Cooperative office at 828-456-3575 for an order form to be mailed or emailed or request the form via email to erin_freeman@ncsu.org or mgarticles@charter.net. Not only are edibles available (varieties each […]

AC-T: New exotic animal rules mean no more circus in AVL

From the Asheville Citizen-Times By Joel Burgess A recent administrative change restricting the type of shows the U.S. Cellular Center can book means no more circuses or any other promoters “who have wild or exotic performing animals” at the municipal venue, Chris Corl, the center director, said Wednesday. The ban also had the effect of […]

ASAP spotlights local eggs for February

“February is an Eggcellent month to Get Local,” writes Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project in its latest “Get Local” release. The year-round campaign highlights local restaurants and providers of seasonal foods. From Appalachian Susintable Agriculture Project Press Release Local eggs get the spotlight during the month of February for ASAP’s Get Local campaign—a year-round initiative that […]

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UNCA’s Center for Diversity Education to host civil rights photography exhibit and related events

James Baker was a photographer working with Washington State University’s Division of Industrial Research when he was sent to Selma, Alabama to cover the third civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1965. Baker captured rare images of the civil […]