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Green Side Up Foundation holds fundraiser­s Jan. 30 – Feb. 4 to support child cancer patients

As we roll into 2016, it’s easy to neglect the resolutions for the new year many of us made a month ago. But for children and their families battling cancer and dealing with the side effects of treatment, giving up or forgetting isn’t an option. To assist these children and their families in their time […]

SWEET EVENT: The Center for Honeybee Research will offer Ashevillieans a chance to taste raw honeys from around the world at the upcoming International Black Jar Honey Contest. Photo by Pat Barcas

Small bites: Internatio­nal Black Jar Honey Contest

A fundraiser for West Asheville’s Center for Honeybee Research showcases 27 honeys of the world; Asheville Brewers Supply hosts a seminar on insurance for beer entrepreneurs; Oskar Blues Brewery and The Cheese Store of Asheville plan a tasting; the Town of Fletcher hosts its 15th annual Chili Cook-Off; and Valet Gourmet partners with another food delivery service.

THE BUZZ AROUND TOWN: Chain retailers The Home Depot and Lowe's have begun paying out the sale of flowering plants containing pesticides called neonicotinoids, which have been linked to declining populations of bees and other pollinators. However, the president of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association maintains that a pest called the varroa mite, not pesticides, is the greatest threat to bees. In this file photo, urban beekeeper, Sage Turner shows off some of the bees in her West Asheville backyard. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Bees here now: Home Depot and Lowe’s to phase out neonic-treated plants

In the past few months, two major chain retailers have been busy bees. Both The Home Depot and Lowe’s have begun phasing out the sale of flowering plants containing pesticides called neonicotinoids, which have been linked to declining populations of bees and other pollinators. “Right now, 80 percent of our flowering plants are neonic-free, and […]

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