Thai fire, Sicilian silver, German red: The world of garlic is far more exotic than one might expect from perusing the plain, white varieties found in most supermarket aisles. Root Bottom Farm owners Morgan and Sarah Decker are working to spread the word about the diverse types of the pungent, flavorful bulb that can be grown in Western North Carolina.
Activated by the opening of a yoga studio, a ‘wellness block’ of like-minded businesses has sprung up in South Liberty Street area, creating a wellness-oriented community.
On Wednesday evening, members of the greater Asheville community came together in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium to discuss a sensitive subject: rape culture and how it affects our community.
When you carry your kitchen on your back, food and cooking equipment needs to be small and lightweight. A few local experts share ideas for creating backcountry meals that are both nutritious and satisfying.
Even in Foodtopia, hunger is a big problem. Last year, MANNA FoodBank alone distributed 15 million pounds of food through 248 agency partners in 16 counties in Western North Carolina. Just more than 100,000 people were served from MANNA alone, in about 40,000 households.
Foodie festivals continue in WNC with Taste of Sylva’s downtown restaurant crawl. Meanwhile, Organic Growers School is poised to train a new crop of farmers; Ambrozia will host a wine dinner with Metro Wines’ Andy Hale; and Taste of Asheville tickets are now on sale.
New Mountain hosts the meeting of minds Sunday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Discoveries at Garden Creek, an archeological site near Canton, suggest it served as a home for native craftspeople who produced artifacts for a religious and cultural movement that swept ancient North America nearly 2,000 years ago.
Despite the gray skies and blustery mountain winds that cloaked the day on Saturday, Sept. 26, the city’s first Venture Local Fair put the vibrant colors of Asheville’s local business community on display.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features one woman’s quest to revive her elders’ traditions and a West Asheville server’s full-fledged street festival.
A portion of proceeds from the spirituality event will go to Jubilee Community Church’s Hunger Fund, which benefits local nonprofits MANNA FoodBank, Meals on Wheels and Loving Food Resources.
What happens when you lose your job, your husband leaves you, and your mother dies — all in the same week? What happens when you accidentally run over and kill a 12-year-old boy biking to your daughter’s birthday party? Mandy Atkisson was the person called in to help with both scenarios. Atkisson is the chief developer […]
Despite being one of the fastest growing industries in the country, solar isn’t a very diverse field: In fact, only 19 percent of solar jobs are held by women. But with the technology becoming increasingly affordable and the number of jobs in the industry increasing, professionals working in the field say solar is taking off — and providing women with a lot of new opportunities.
A locally produced documentary about the introduction of forestry in America is scheduled to hit the silver screen this weekend at Biltmore Estate. The one-hour film, First in Forestry, tells the story of Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, the first forestry school in the country. “It’s the story of how American forestry started, and […]
An upcoming foodie event in Tryon highlights culinary delights from the Carolina foothills. Asheville eaters, on the other hand, can check out WNC Garlic Fest, Posana’s benefit dinner for ASAP’s Growing Minds Program, Ashley English’s canning class or Wild Wing Café’s stein-holding competition. Plus, food writer Jonathan Ammons talks about one of his favorite Asheville restaurant appetizers.
While working at a local crisis stabilization and detox facility, Lori Greenberg met many artists who were living on the streets. She created Aurora Studio as a caring community in which men and women can both make art and support each other’s psychological well-being, social stability and freedom from addiction.
Poetry and Pie pairs sweets for the mind and body in support of Great Tree Zen Temple. The fundraiser takes place at Urban Dharma, 29 Page Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Often considered a weed, locally prolific lambsquarter is actually a highly nutritious wild edible that we can harvest for free in our own backyards.
Making a living as a farmer is tough anywhere, but it’s particularly true in the North Carolina mountains. Western North Carolina lost 18 percent of its farms — more than 2,800 — in the 15 years between 1997 and 2012. And the majority of existing WNC farmers today are nearing retirement age — many of them without heirs who plan to keep the farm going.
There’s a crossroads between Buxton and Banks avenues, even though they don’t intersect. These blocklong, parallel, South Slope streets are lined with places to buy things, eat, drink and make merry: a chocolate factory, a doughnut shop, three breweries, two bars, a beer-and-wine store and the newest barbecue joint in town, among other businesses. The […]
Western North Carolina’s first recovery rally happens Saturday, Sept. 19, at Lake Junalaska, with a recovery walk around the lake. The event will draw together health care professionals, law enforcement officials and people in recovery.