The 2014 March Against Monsanto and Asheville GMO-Free Street Festival is slated for Saturday, May 24, at Pack Square beginning at noon. The gathering is a demonstration against Monsanto and genetically modified organisms — foods whose ingredients were created through gene-splicing the DNA from a variety of plants and animals. In America, GMO labeling is […]
Amy Fiedler is a no-nonsense farmer. Like many Western North Carolina growers, her farm was hit hard by last year’s rain, forcing Fiedler to re-think her approach to farming. She is in the process of diversifying her farm with the help of a recent grant from the nonprofit organization Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.
In our new section, area growers discuss their gardens and growing projects. This week Willie Jones, an AmeriCorps VISTA with Western Carolina University’s Center for Service Learning and Food Security Partnership and founder of the Jackson County Glean Team, tells us about gleaning and how it can be used to combat food insecurity.
In order to help strengthen the networks between growers and food assistance and resource centers, Xpress is working to map food pantries, share markets, community gardens that offer free produce, welcome tables and any other community resources that increase access to healthy foods.
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.”
The WNC area is rich with community gardens of all sorts — from CSAs to donation gardens that grow for area food banks to education gardens for public schools. Xpress is working to compile a database of community gardens to help interested neighbors find and support these community efforts.
Western North Carolina is an area rich in agriculture, which means there are many regional tailgate and farmers markets to enjoy. With the help of ASAP, Xpress is providing a roundup of regional markets, including markets accepting food assistance programs.
The Asheville Herb Festival — now in its 25th year — started out with just four growers and a handful of people gathered in a parking lot. The sustainable food movement was in its infancy and the public was just starting to gain an appreciation for the benefits of local food, but as the local food movement grew, so did the herb festival.
Feeding America, a nonprofit, national network of food banks that is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released their 2014 Map the Meal Gap study, which maps food insecurity in the United States down to the county-level. The study found that for Western North Carolina food insecurity has increased slightly since last year, reaching a rate of 15.3 percent and affecting approximately 38, 420 children in WNC.
The USDA has identified several areas in WNC, and Asheville, as places without access to healthy, affordable food. But three different mobile food markets are aiming to launch this year — reducing the distance between healthy foods and communities in need.
Blue Ridge Woman in Agriculture profiles women who work in agriculture throughout Western North Carolina, including farmers, homesteaders, and activists. BRWIA seeks to spotlight women who exemplify the multitude of ways women are working to connect with and change our food system. This series is presented through a partnership with BRWIA and Xpress.
Last weekend offered a whirlwind of events for the area’s food and environmentally conscious citizens, including 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. He […]
Want to add some chickens to your back yard, some fermentation to your kitchen or honey bees to your garden? Whether you have a sprawling lawn you hate to mow or a patch of grass in need of a purpose, the French Broad Food Co-op’s Urban Homesteading Fair has what you need to turn your home into a homestead.
The first day’s attendance seemed to overwhelm the WNC Ag Center, though that may not be surprising. The event is a homecoming of sorts: The Mother Earth News has roots in Henderson County in the ’70s where it operated a 600-acre Eco Village.
In our new feature, area growers introduce their gardens. This week Melissa Metz, garden manager for Sunny Point Cafe, tells us about the restaurant’s garden.
For the past 15 years, the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners have cared for a small plot of vegetables, herbs and flowers outside MANNA FoodBank. This year the garden will be bare. MANNA is going through a physical expansion and needs the space for increased food storage and distribution.
Like a prized Pekingese waiting in the wings, glamorous orchids are being primped and groomed for the Western North Carolina Orchid Society’s 2014 Orchid Show, scheduled for Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, at the N.C. Arboretum.
In our new feature, area growers introduce their gardens. This week Adam Bigelow tells us about the Cullowhee Community Garden in Jackson County
In our new feature, area growers introduce their gardens. This week Jackie Dobrinska tells us about the functional herb garden she founded as part of The Lord’s Acre community garden in Fairview.
The Organic Growers School will be holding its 21st annual Spring Conference this weekend March 8 and 9 at UNC Asheville.
A celebration of locally grown food and neighborhood relationships, the Oakley Farmers Market and the adjacent Oakley Community Garden are giving a much-needed boost to a predominantly low-wealth community that the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers a food desert. But what brought them all together was as simple as a sign.