Photo courtesy of the Asheville Herb Festival.

Twenty-five years of fresh herbs: The Asheville Herb Festival celebrates its silver anniversary

The Asheville Herb Festival — now in its 25th year — started out with just four growers and a handful of people gathered in a parking lot. The sustainable food movement was in its infancy and the public was just starting to gain an appreciation for the benefits of local food, but as the local food movement grew, so did the herb festival.

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“We have a farm, but no land to grow on.”

Ten Mile Farm faces a common problem in Western North Carolina: lack of affordable land for small-scale farming. Ten Mile recently lost its lease after eight years as a fixture in the local food movement. In this post, operator Christina Carter shares her and her husband’s struggle to find a place to grow their crops, next year and into the future.