From the Get It! Guide: The process of becoming an urban farmer offers a quick learning curve full of chances for success or for failure. Start your journey by learning how to navigate the restrictions, requirements and resources of an urban farmer.
Over the weekend, a dedicated crowd of aspiring beekeepers (or “beeks” as they are affectionately called) gathered at the Folk Art Center for the 2015 Basic Beekeepers School, or “bee school.”
The “largest locally-run sustainability conference in the Southeast” returned to Asheville this past weekend, offering attendees the opportunity to learn about a variety of gardening, homesteading and commercial farming topics from a wide-range of experts.
From the Get It! Guide: Community tailgate markets are a labor of love that offer communities a place to gather while also providing access to fresh, local foods. If you’re thinking about organizing a market in your neighborhood, here’s some steps to consider.
Over 200 farmers and future farmers converged at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center for Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Business of Farming Conference. The conference, now in its 12th year, is an opportunity for farmers to discuss the business side of farming and make connections that help them market their crops more effectively.
Gardeners from across the state assembled for the third annual N.C. Community Garden Partners annual conference on Oct. 25, in the Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville. This year’s conference focused on “Growing Garden Connections” with panels centered on creating opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between gardens as well as community organizations.
N.C. Community Garden Partners will hold their statewide conference in Asheville on Saturday, Oct. 25. Speaker Darcel Eddins of Bountiful Cities tells us more about the conference and her presentation.
N.C. Community Garden Partners will hold their statewide conference in Asheville on Saturday, Oct. 25. Learn more about the conference and its speakers in our previews this week — starting with Randal Pfleger of Grass to Greens.
The first annual Organic Growers School Harvest Conference took place Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6, at Warren Wilson College and A-B Tech. The workshops guided participants from the active growing season, when produce and food are abundant, toward the more barren winter months when fresh garden products dwindle.
Organic Growers School will hold its first annual Harvest Conference at A-B Tech on Saturday, Sept. 6. The event strives to give urban farmers, homesteaders and backyard growers successful tips for fall and winter growing through workshops.
The premise of a seed library is relatively simple — patrons of the library “check out” their selections to grow the season’s crops and then return usable seeds from their harvest at the end of the season. The goal is to provide a free source of locally adapted crops and contribute to the biodiversity of local agriculture. Ideally, as the seed library continues to operate, the number of seeds and varieties available will continue to increase.
A new state law has caused a stir in the local food community — with many alarmed at the potential for a negative impacts on farmers markets. But despite months of discussion and a market season now in full swing, the implications of the new legislation still remain unclear.
The WNC Chapter of the N.C. Herb Association marked its 25th anniversary with the annual spring Asheville Herb Festival this weekend. Visitors flocked to the festival with visions of this year’s gardening adventures looking to stock up garden staples as well as to track down a number of unique varieties. The festival operated under the tagline “If It’s Herbs, It’s Here.”
Last weekend offered multiple chances to see the “Lunatic Farmer” himself, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Salatin has risen to notoriety through his appearances in Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and through his film appearances in Food, Inc. and Farmaggedon.
Reporting and photo by Josh O’Connor. The Mother Earth News Fair kicked off with a bang this morning, April 12, at the WNC Agricultural Center. Attendance at the fair appeared to be overwhelming, causing traffic back-ups in both directions on Interstate 26 as people rushed to get into the gates. A wide range of individuals both […]
As someone who grew up in Asheville and is now choosing to start a career and family here, it is refreshing to see a City Council member/candidate like Bryan Freeborn. Not only has he worked to protect the natural setting that makes Asheville so unique and wonderful, but he has worked to create a stronger […]