In anticipation of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s annual farm tour on June 28 and 29, interns from BRWIA will guide us through independent farms in the High Country. Here, Laura Johnson visits Apple Hill Farm in Banner Creek.
What is the draw of the garden, the chicken coop, the pasture? For many it’s a connection that can offer unseen spiritual, mental and emotional yields. Be it through garden therapy, animal therapy or simply a quiet place to meditate, area green spaces offer the chance to heal and rejuvenate.
In anticipation of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s annual farm tour on June 28 and 29, interns from BRWIA will guide us through independent farms in the High Country. Here, Laura Johnson visits the alpacas at Landmark Farms in Grassy Creek.
Public gardens and green spaces can be a regenerative place, especially after hours spent in creative pursuit. Learn how Curve Studios and the gardens of Black Mountain are providing respite and inspiration for area artists.
Several community gardens across Western North Carolina have raised funds to install outdoor kitchens, allowing garden participants to cook and eat their meals onsite. Rather than just gardening and going home, a meeting and cooking space allows residents to bring more events, arts, music and plays into the garden — and enjoy a meal with their neighbors.
Blossoming in Asheville is a concept of hands-on learning that takes the school curriculum beyond the boundaries of classroom walls, while also attempting to change the world’s view on food, one elementary student at a time.
Three years ago Scott Miller got a knock on his door — and an offer he couldn’t refuse. That knock on the door was Miller’s initiation into the West Asheville Garden Stroll, a neighborhood venture now in its sixth year, designed to show off the gardens of West Asheville while fostering walkability and neighborhood pride.
In anticipation of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s annual farm tour on June 28 and 29, interns from BRWIA will guide us through independent farms in the High Country. Here, Leah Jalfon stops in for a farm dinner at Trosly Farm, where Kaci and Amos Niddifer have transformed a historic 1900s property into a sustainable homestead.
In our new section, area growers discuss their gardens and growing projects. This week Pattiy Torno, owner of Curve Studios in the River Arts District, tells us how she created a green sanctuary in the middle of an industrial zone.
There’s nothing quite like the tastes of spring. And though the season slips away all too quickly, two local gardeners and writing partners are able to offer tips on preserving the garden’s bounty through beverages that capture the changing seasons.
A new state law has caused a stir in the local food community — with many alarmed at the potential for a negative impacts on farmers markets. But despite months of discussion and a market season now in full swing, the implications of the new legislation still remain unclear.
The Burton Street Community Peace Garden is filled with art installations, metal structures, canopies, reading nooks and tidy rows of vegetables. But this garden is known for growing something more than food — neighbors say this garden works to grow connections in a community with a history of being intersected.
The March Against Monsanto/Local Food and Farm Street Jam, held Saturday, May 24, brought an estimated 250 activists to protest the chemical and biotechnology corporation — less than the 1,000-plus who gathered at the June 2013 March, but more than those who attended a rainy October protest. “It was a very positive event,” says Louise Heath, event organizer and […]
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.