Heritage livestock breeds have a lot to offer WNC’s small farmers. Fiber animals that evolved on small farmsteads are hardier and easier to manage than breeds developed for high yields and consistent characteristics. WNC farmers are exploring the advantages these heritage breeds offer, protecting them from possible extinction along the way.
Residents using Hominy Creek Greenway in recent weeks may have noticed the sudden disappearance of two herds of goats, which had been put to work clearing invasive species such as Japanese Knotwood. The absence of the hardy herbivores is the result of a June 28 attack on one of the animals by an unrestrained dog and raises questions about the proper use of public spaces.
June is National Dairy Goat Awareness Month and the Piedmont Dairy Goat Association has all hoofs on deck. If considered keeping a goat (or three), circle Sunday, June 24 on your early summer calendar: It's Dairy Goat Awareness Day, on the grounds of Spinning Spider Creamery. From 1 to 6 p.m., PDGA members share their […]
Twice a year, a team from Asheville-based Mission Manna travels to Haiti to provide healthcare to children living in and around the town of Montrouis.
While West Asheville neighbors mowed their lawns and checked their mailboxes, Rhodes Waite opened her back gate to welcome Freeskool Asheville visitors into her goat yard.
Powerful, potentially harmful herbicides like clorpyralid are not only creepy, they’re downright déclassé. An infinitely kinder and hipper form of kudzu control is Marvin, a veteran weed eater from Wells Farm in Horse Shoe. Kudzu? What kudzu? In two weeks, Ron Searcy’s weed-eating goats munched through most of the overgrowth plaguing this Madison County hillside. […]