Who knew that a pastime as pedestrian as gardening could be downright dangerous? On Wednesday night, around 20 people took refuge from November’s bluster at the Green Sage Café to hear Bill Jones, president of Carolina Native Nursery, explain both the risks of importing non-native species plants and the benefits of proliferating indigenous plant-life. The […]
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.
The Western North Carolina Orchid Society’s 2014 Orchid Show is taking place right now at the North Carolina Arboretum. Check out our photos for a preview.
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.
Our Farm & Garden section has returned to the pages of MX and will run from March to October. As in our inaugural year, we will be bringing you a weekly feature, as well as our gardening calendar that will provide a run-down of area events. But this year, we want to do more, and we’d like your help.
Do you think a tailgate market would be a great addition to your neighborhood? Starting a market may be no easy undertaking.
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.
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.
Each year, area food assistance programs seek out locally grown produce in their fight against food insecurity. But as some services struggle to provide enough food, some growers face an overabundance of certain crops — which may end up in a compost pile or rotting on the stock. Part one of our two-part series on community gardens looks at how growers are working together to eliminate food waste — and fighting hunger from the ground up.
Growing a community garden isn’t possible for everyone. But when you can’t grow fruits and veggies with your neighbors or in your own backyard, a CSA (community supported agriculture) program lets anyone enjoy the bounty of the harvest without the commitment of tending to a garden week after week.
The Buncombe County Master Gardener Volunteers’ are looking for property that belongs to the city or county and can be contracted to the Buncombe County Agricultural Extension Office for an extended period of time (10+ years) to be used to serve the public of Asheville and Buncombe County as the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden & Learning Center.
The bounty of summer is over, but that doesn’t mean that fresh veggies are a thing of the past. When the sun sets early and the nights get chilly, there are still many ways to grow your own food.
ASAP's Farm Tour always brings out the crowds – and the cameras. Shutterbugs from near and far descended upon Western North Carolina's family farms on Sept. 21 and 22. They brought with them an enthusiasm for local agriculture and a keen eye for what makes a good shot. Here are the winning photos from ASAP's […]
When Joe Yonan, the food and travel editor of The Washington Post, tells you to eat your veggies, you better grab a fork. Author of Eat Your Vegetables, he’s a two-time James Beard Award-winning writer. Yonan focuses on vegetarian cooking, but his writing is just as applicable to those with a few extra mouths to […]
There’s been a noticeable back-to-school buzz around area elementary schools recently. It’s not kids talking about a coveted new character lunchbox or even what neat things they did over the summer. Haven’t you heard? They’re talking about fresh local cucumbers and edible garden plots. Why cucumbers? September is cucumber month in Growing Minds’ Get Local […]
When 19-year-old Shannon Dexter packed her bags for her first year at NC State University this fall, she arrived with more than band posters and a mini-fridge. She brought her passion for horticulture and a vision for the future of agriculture with her. Dexter, a recent graduate of Madison Early College High School, is the […]
Shetland sheep graze in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Sycamore Farms. These ewes and rams trace their ancestry back to Scotland, but their modern counterparts have made a permanent home in Western North Carolina. The sheep are small by design. Unlike their long-wool cousins, Shetland sheep are bred for their miniature size […]