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 […]
Press release: Bakery chain Great Harvest Bread Company has announced plans to open a location on Hendersonville Road by early fall.
Press release: Businesses donate the cost of a 45-minute production ($600 for one, $1,000 for two) and then choose the school they’d most like to benefit from their gift.
Attic Salt Theatre Company gets in touch with that school and offers them a FREE show on the behalf of that business.
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.
How does a highway become an interstate? What happened to a teenager’s missing car? What do you know about where your ramps came from? All this and more in Xpress feature reads from the week. Did you miss it?
Fermentation expert Sandor Katz will be speaking at UNC Asheville on Sunday, May 24.
A North Carolina bill that would freeze the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard advanced through the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, May 20, though the measure was not without controversy. Though members of the committee requested a show of hands votes instead of a voice vote, Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, declined the request. Rucho declared the bill had passed committee though […]
Excited about the new greenway coming to the River Arts District? So is American Trails. The national nonprofit recognized the city of Asheville and New Belgium Brewing with a Partnership Award for the French Broad Greenway. The greenway is expect to be completed this winter. Last year’s American Trails Partnership Award went to Bay Area […]
With interest in wild edibles and native medicinals growing, the demand on these plants is quickly exceeding the supply — leading to over-harvesting, poaching and a risk of extinction. When browsing the stands at the farmers market or the shelves in an herbal shop, how can you know if the plants and products you’re purchasing are supporting sustainable, local growers or contributing to a growing problem?
In a statement released this morning, Tuesday, May 19, Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said the plan to close Duke Energy’s coal-fired plant in Asheville is “the right thing for its customers, public health, and the environment.”
Duke Energy announced that it will be retiring its Asheville power plant within four to five years. The company will invest $750 million to build a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant and install solar generators at the site, but local environmental groups say the proposal “is inconsistent with the clean energy vision we have called for.”
A songwriting contest offers a chance to perform at Sundance, Asheville takes up the challenge of National Bike Month and local restaurants opt for organic over GMO. Did you miss it?
Event announcement: Beginning May 23 through September 7, 2015, the Savage Gardens exhibit will offer both real and interpretive examples of carnivorous plants.
Sure, goats are the cutest. But they’re also hard workers — and eager eaters. The “Goats of the Gorge,” a crew of 15 Bovidaes provided by KD Ecological Services in Mills Spring, will be chomping down on invasive non-native plants in Chimney Rock State Park this spring.
Event announcement: On Friday, May 22, the Asheville City Schools Foundation will be hosting a legislative update with Senator Terry Van Duyn and Representative Susan Fisher. The Teachers, Students and Schools: Who’s Got Their Backs? update will give community members and stakeholders the opportunity to learn about current education related legislation coming out of Raleigh.
Event announcement: Bullington Gardens, a horticultural education center, will hold a plant sale on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Event announcement: Velo Girl Rides, organizer of the Cycle to Farm tour of local farms by bicycle, and Ingles Markets today announced that the 2015 event would be held on July 18, 2015, the third Saturday in July.
Event announcment: Asheville Grown Business Alliance will host the Venture Local Fair in South Slope in late September.
Event announcement: Tire Amnesty Days return to Buncombe County on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17.
Farm workers protest Publix, Woody Pines drops a self-titled album, Asheville’s shipping container restaurant nears completion and county commissioners can’t seem to get along in a timely fashion. Did you miss it?