Farming dreams can start big and end in disappointment. With its Farm Beginnings program, the Organic Growers School gives new farmers the business and practical tools to maximize their chances of success. And for those who already have a farm, whether as a business or a hobby, the Mountain State Fair offers myriad opportunities to show off the products of their labors.
One of Asheville’s newest activities embraces dance, yoga, shamanic ritual, pilgrimage and community connection, says local astrologer Virginia Rosenberg. It’s called Qoya (pronounced COY-uh), and “the guiding principle is there is no way you can do it wrong,” she says. ‘Qoya,’ which means ‘queen’ in Quechuan, a pre-Incan language in Peru, captures the empowerment women […]
At a time when the nation is reeling from racially fueled violence and grieving the losses of young African-American men and five Dallas police officers, a small haven of racial love, respect and understanding in downtown Asheville is gearing up to celebrate its success with a 150th birthday party (see box, “If You Go”). […]
Heritage livestock breeds have a lot to offer WNC’s small farmers. Fiber animals that evolved on small farmsteads are hardier and easier to manage than breeds developed for high yields and consistent characteristics. WNC farmers are exploring the advantages these heritage breeds offer, protecting them from possible extinction along the way.
“Qoya is a spiritual temple, a shamanic journey and the dance party you have always dreamed of. It is communing with the very throb and heartbeat of life through your very own skin and bones,” says local teacher Kitty Cavalier.
The unique combination of wildfires and high pollen counts in WNC this season may be contributing to the rise in allergies.
The Autism Society of North Carolina’s two-day fundraiser kicks of with a pre-party at Wild Wings Café on Friday, July 22. On the following morning, stand up paddle board racers of all skill levels are invited to complete a 3-mile course on Lake Julian.
Americans love to celebrate the iconic “hobo” lifestyle, yet we’re often quick to stereotype or judge the modern-day iteration of the traveler. Despite the risk of legal repercussions and personal injury, contemporary traveling culture continues to attract people from all walks of life to the rails and the road in search of the next horizon.
It is not uncommon for area athletes to chase their workouts with a beer. A look at what health experts say about this combination, and whether drinking after a workout cancels out its benefits.
Artisan cheesemakers and small dairies work collaboratively to support each other’s businesses and grow Western North Carolina’s cheese scene.
Interest in biodynamic growing practices is strong both locally and across the nation. In a two-day workshop July 9-10, Barefoot Farmer Jeff Poppen will share practical and spiritual wisdom drawn from 30 years of biodynamic agriculture experience on his Tennessee farm.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a local designer’s lightweight electric-powered bike and a youth football team’s fresh start in the 2016 season.
Patriotism never goes out of style; nor does fun in the sun. Commemorations of the Fourth are in force — here’s where to celebrate.
The Center for Spiritual Emergence and local therapists provide care for individuals undergoing a spiritual or existential crisis. Providers rule out psychotic episodes and medical conditions to help those undergoing a powerful, life-changing experience of a spiritual nature.
Slow Food Asheville invites local gardeners to grow the heirloom bean this summer as part of a communitywide initiative that culminates with data gathering and a potluck celebration.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Mills River production facility recently became one of only two breweries in the country to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features ZaPow Gallery’s outreach efforts following a drastic rent spike and Loren Cardeli’s Asheville-based attempt to change the global food system.
Sunburst Chef & Farmer will be one of 20 local farms welcoming the public to tour their operations and take home ultra-fresh food during ASAP’s annual farm tour.
Rob Sebrell views Foundation as more than just a skatepark. “It’s a sculpture garden of sorts,” he says. “A public, creative space.”
Asheville city staffers, downtown stakeholders and local buskers turned out in force for the city’s monthly Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss a city proposal for a pilot program regulating downtown public space. The meeting, which was preceded by a community forum with downtown stakeholders, came amid tensions over pilot program, which would add regulations to several […]