In 1790, 90 percent of Americans were farmers. Today that figure boils down to less than 1 percent. The change is particularly noticeable in the South, which up until the 1950s, was a largely agrarian society. Now, some are calling for a rebuilding and supporting of a locally-focused food system — which used to be prevalent in Appalachia.
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.
With French Broad Electric Membership Corporation set to apply herbicides to the power-line corridor in Madison County, organic farmers in Spring Creek are asking why there isn’t more public input on the way the utility manages the rights-of-way through their farms and near local streams.
They sell everything from beets to beans to bowls at the North Asheville Tailgate Market every Saturday — just one of many local markets in the area each week. And it’s all fresh.
Photos by Jerry Nelson
It’s tailgate-market time in WNC.