Cleaner is cheaper

Taking a hard look: WNC’s sustainabi­lity report card

As we celebrate Earth Day 2015, we take a look at the status of the sustainability movement in WNC. How far have we come, and how far do we have to go? We asked local nonprofits and regulatory agencies to take us to school by examining our environmental efforts — from our air to our water, from our successes to our failures — and giving us an honest assessment of how we’re doing.

Panelist at the NCCGP Growing Garden Connections conference. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Annual gardening conference focuses on community building

Gardeners from across the state assembled for the third annual N.C. Community Garden Partners annual conference on Oct. 25, in the Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville. This year’s conference focused on “Growing Garden Connections” with panels centered on creating opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between gardens as well as community organizations.

FARM LIFE: This picture of farmhand Clarence Owenby is featured in an exhibit of images of Hickory Nut Gap Farm that opens May 30 in Chapel Hill. Photo by Ken Abbott

Small bites: Food news to go

The Center for the Study of the American South, in Chapel Hill will exhibit “Useful Work,” a collection of photographs taken by Asheville photographer Ken Abbot that capture the essence of Fairview’s simultaneously historic and progressive Hickory Nut Gap Farm. The show will feature 16 images selected from the project, which Abbot completed with funding he received from an N.C. Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship in 2006.

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.

The Lord's Acre garden in Fairview brings the community together to provide fresh, organic produce to the hungry. Photo courtesy of The Lord’s Acre.

In the Garden

  Gardens that give A half-acre doesn’t sound like a lot of land, but it’s more than enough for The Lord’s Acre. This volunteer-based garden in Fairview grew more than 34 tons of organic produce in its first four years, which is quite a feat for a small, community-minded garden with a philanthropic mission. The […]