LOCAL HARVEST: From left, restaurateur Hector Diaz, his wife, Aimee Diaz, and Mike Fortune load produce into Hector's truck for an early-morning delivery. The Diaz' farm, Salsa's 44, supplies produce to their four Asheville restaurants. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Back to the hills: Asheville’s fight for a sustainable farm-to-table system

Mike Fortune started Green Hill Urban Farm nine years ago. From the road, all you see is a large, densely planted yard behind three West Asheville homes; gnarly trees with big bushes underneath. But in fact, the farm raises rabbits, ducks, geese, mushrooms and artichokes; figs, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, blueberries. It’s hard to believe […]

RESONATE: On Saturday, Oct. 4, New Mountain Asheville will host the Resonate Festival — "a collaborative combination of musical performances, scientific workshops, healing meditation, movement and metaphysical offerings."

New Mountain hosts first Resonate festival Saturday, Oct. 4

Waves that Matter: Asheville’s First Annual RESONATE Festival WHAT: All-day sound healing/vibrational wisdom expo featuring, yoga, drumming, meditations, workshops and live music, including Paradiso and Rasamayi on the world’s largest crystal dijeridoo and cystal singing bowls. WHEN: 1-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 WHERE: New Mountain (38 N. French Broad Ave., downtown Asheville) WHY: The science […]

AHHHH: A client receives an Ayurvedic treatment at Blue Lotus. (Photos by Emily Nichols)

New Ayurvedic program highlights local practice, art and training

Ayurvedic medicine came to Asheville at least 12 years ago, when Vishnu Dass opened Blue Lotus Ayurveda, a Panchakarma clinic. Back then, “There was nobody practicing clinical Ayurveda in Asheville and very few in this entire region,” says Dass, who started teaching the art at various yoga and clinical herb schools in the area, including […]

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Smart bets: Shimshai

“I gotta get my Asheville fix!” writes Shimshai on his own concert’s Facebook page, where several giddy fans have already responded with victorious tales of acquiring admission tickets. The California-based mantra musician, a self-described “seeker of truth,” sends lyrics into the crowd on gentle waves of finger-picked guitar, leaving plenty of inspired devotees in the […]

(photo by Cindy Kunst)

Asheville press conference: Power-plant carbon rules will promote better health

Clean Air Carolina and its MAHA initiative (Medical Advocates for Healthy Air) held an Asheville press conference Wednesday. Sept. 17, to  highlight President Obama’s latest proposal to limit carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants — and the positive health impacts of the plan. Power plants are responsible for 52 percent of North Carolina’s carbon pollution. “Climate change […]

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Tube-ocalypse now: Asheville shoots for world tubing record with ‘zombie float’

As a recreational hub, the French Broad River has come back from the dead — and legions of zombies are eager to prove it. Conceived as a creative celebration of the river’s continuing revival, organizers of the first-ever “Tube-ocalypse” are aiming to break the world record for most tubers floating together. And they’re hoping to do it in style, encouraging participants to dress as the undead.