Photo by Josh O'Conner

Busy weekend for Asheville Herb Festival

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.”

Photo courtesy of the Asheville Herb Festival.

Twenty-five years of fresh herbs: The Asheville Herb Festival celebrates its silver anniversary

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.

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MANNA announces release of 2014 Map the Meal Gap study

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.

Photos by Suzanne Fleishman.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture profiles: Amy Galloway

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.

Joel Salatin appears on his farm in the documentary Farmageddon.

A weekend (and Q&A) with Joel Salatin

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 […]

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Love in a Parking Lot: How Oakley grew a farmers market

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.

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Together we grow: How gardens are raising food and creating community

Feeding America estimates that 100,000 people in Western North Carolina are experiencing food insecurity. Winter heating bills, new restrictions to food stamp eligibility and rising medical costs may be increasing situational poverty.  But if a lack of access to food is a growing problem, some across the region are working on a growing solution. Read more in part two of our series looking at how community gardens are fighting hunger — from the ground up.