There’s nothing quite like the tastes of spring. And though the season slips away all too quickly, two local gardeners and writing partners are able to offer tips on preserving the garden’s bounty through beverages that capture the changing seasons.
Amy Fiedler is a no-nonsense farmer. Like many Western North Carolina growers, her farm was hit hard by last year’s rain, forcing Fiedler to re-think her approach to farming. She is in the process of diversifying her farm with the help of a recent grant from the nonprofit organization Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.
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.
Want to add some chickens to your back yard, some fermentation to your kitchen or honey bees to your garden? Whether you have a sprawling lawn you hate to mow or a patch of grass in need of a purpose, the French Broad Food Co-op’s Urban Homesteading Fair has what you need to turn your home into a homestead.
For the past 15 years, the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners have cared for a small plot of vegetables, herbs and flowers outside MANNA FoodBank. This year the garden will be bare. MANNA is going through a physical expansion and needs the space for increased food storage and distribution.
Like a prized Pekingese waiting in the wings, glamorous orchids are being primped and groomed for the Western North Carolina Orchid Society’s 2014 Orchid Show, scheduled for Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, at the N.C. Arboretum.
Growing a community garden isn’t possible for everyone. But when you can’t grow fruits and veggies with your neighbors or in your own backyard, a CSA (community supported agriculture) program lets anyone enjoy the bounty of the harvest without the commitment of tending to a garden week after week.
As Western North Carolina creeps toward spring, now is the time to learn about the intricacies of growing in the Southeast. Although early March may not seem like a particularly productive time for farmers and gardeners, it's a key season to study up on new techniques and approaches. For the past 21 years, professional farmers […]
Do you make the best blueberry pie in the land? Want to share your secret for the crispiest fried chicken? Xpress invites all home cooks, amateur chefs and anyone who loves playing in the kitchen to share their culinary creations. The dish doesn't have to be yours; it just needs to be homemade. Grandma's Sunday […]
Press release From Cournoyer Chiropractic: Each Monday Cournoyer Chiropractic offer a 30 minute free class on topics such as spinal health, natural healing and optimizing care. All classes are free and open to the public. Dr. Jenn offers information that many people would benefit from during these classes. Monday, November 4th, Optimize Your Care 6:30pm-7:00pm […]
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.
Organic Growers School hosts three Saturdays of education on everything from city chickens to growing garlic to the virtues of medicinal plants.
From Jeanne Sommer, owner of Hidden River Events On June 1st, Jeanne Sommer hiked 28.3 miles in less than 10 hours to raise $1700 for curesearch.org. She has $800 remaining and this is the second “leg” of the fundraiser. 1st Annual Hidden River Events “Boo Bash” Halloween FUNdraiser Friday, October 25, from 7-11 p.m. Location: […]
The bounty of summer is over, but that doesn't mean that fresh veggies are a thing of the past. When the sun sets early and the nights get chilly, there are still many ways to grow your own food. Patryck Battle, director of Mills River Educational Farm and teacher at Living Web Farms, has some […]
N.C. State Program Awards Funding to Expand 20 Agricultural Businesses The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program and the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) this week announced the recipients of the 2013 equipment cost share awards. Coordinated by N.C. Cooperative Extension, NCVACS awarded $311,938 to 20 agricultural operations across the state. NCVACS funding […]
ASAP's Farm Tour always brings out the crowds – and the cameras. Shutterbugs from near and far descended upon Western North Carolina's family farms on Sept. 21 and 22. They brought with them an enthusiasm for local agriculture and a keen eye for what makes a good shot. Here are the winning photos from ASAP's […]
NEW MEDIA WORKSHOP Award winning editor and educator David Miller leads a three-hour workshop on how to empower the story, work, project, or brand you communicate via the internet. Receive direct feedback on your website and web presence (or ideate a new one), and learn how to launch stronger projects in a fun, interactive learning […]
A Farm to School-Filled Fall October is National Farm to School Month, ASAP’s Farm to School Conference follows ASHEVILLE, NC (October 7, 2013)—October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between schools and local food. ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program reports there is […]
When Joe Yonan, the food and travel editor of The Washington Post, tells you to eat your veggies, you better grab a fork. Author of Eat Your Vegetables, he’s a two-time James Beard Award-winning writer. Yonan focuses on vegetarian cooking, but his writing is just as applicable to those with a few extra mouths to […]
When 19-year-old Shannon Dexter packed her bags for her first year at NC State University this fall, she arrived with more than band posters and a mini-fridge. She brought her passion for horticulture and a vision for the future of agriculture with her. Dexter, a recent graduate of Madison Early College High School, is the […]
Washington Post food writer Joe Yonan and Firefly Farms join forces for a cooking demo on Sunday, Oct. 6.