North Carolina is home to over 50,000 farm operations and in one way or another, the livelihood of many Western North Carolina families is tied to domesticated animals. But whether the objective is food, fun, health or therapy, these farmers often seem to have what amounts to a symbiotic relationship with their livestock.
On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement, video and photo gallery (link below) claiming a Western North Carolina dairy farm mistreats its animals. The video showed cows on the farm knee-deep in their own manure, trudging through the sludge while feeding, sleeping and before milking. PETA reported many of […]
Reporting and photo by Josh O’Connor. The Mother Earth News Fair kicked off with a bang this morning, April 12, at the WNC Agricultural Center. Attendance at the fair appeared to be overwhelming, causing traffic back-ups in both directions on Interstate 26 as people rushed to get into the gates. A wide range of individuals both […]
A crew of 60 men from Iredell County’s Union Grove Amish Church spent three days this week constructing a new workshop and equipment shed at Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview. Click through to view a time-lapse video of the build.
Miki Kilpatrick, co-owner of Homegrown Restaurant in Asheville, grew up canning tomatoes and pickles and freezing corn for winter. “Putting up,” as she calls it, was part of the seasonal routine back then.
Ten Mile Farm faces a common problem in Western North Carolina: lack of affordable land for small-scale farming. Ten Mile recently lost its lease after eight years as a fixture in the local food movement. In this post, operator Christina Carter shares her and her husband’s struggle to find a place to grow their crops, next year and into the future.
Washington Post food writer Joe Yonan and Firefly Farms join forces for a cooking demo on Sunday, Oct. 6.
As Western North Carolina growers gear up for our region’s farm tour, the High Country Farm Tour is winding down from a weekend of produce, livestock and brews.
The North American Fruit Explorers are coming to Asheville for a weekend of discussion and informal presentations, beginning Thursday, Aug. 8.
Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and communities. Here in North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast, we are lucky to have fresh, clean food grown by sustainable farmers in our backyard. Unfortunately, these farms are neither utilized nor supported to the full extent they could be. Hundreds of thousands of people in the […]
The Lavender Festival near Burnsville will celebrate this classic herb with one last festival before Mountain Farm turns to dairy goats as its primary focus.
Growers large and small will gather together to improve business skills and make contacts at Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Business of Farming conference, which will celebrate 10 years this spring.
Full Spectrum Farms needs your help picking veggies on their 34-acre property designed to support adults with autism.
Mountain BizWorks encourages novice and experienced farmers to turn their forests into money-making enterprises.
Mother Earth Produce, the local-foods delivery service with the laid-back name, runs a tight ship.
ASAP’s 2009 Local Food Guide is now available, featuring farms, restaurants, tailgate markets, u-pick farms and more.