The Organic Growers School will be holding its 21st annual Spring Conference this weekend March 8 and 9 at UNC Asheville.
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.
Organic Growers School hosts three Saturdays of education on everything from city chickens to growing garlic to the virtues of medicinal plants.
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.
Celebrate the mighty tomato at festivals near and far. Photo courtesy of ASAP.
The North American Fruit Explorers are coming to Asheville for a weekend of discussion and informal presentations, beginning Thursday, Aug. 8.
Tell me someone else has noticed that the groundhogs are plotting a takeover. In fact, it may already be underway. (Image via WikiCommons, author: D. Gordon E. Robertson)
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.
Do you need a sturdy vine to act as a privacy barrier on a fence? Or like the look of a vining plant up over an archway? Well, hops is your friend. Hops is also your friend if you like some of Asheville’s local beers.
Bee City USA offers native plant suggestions to help WNC bees thrive. Photo by Nancy Adamson, courtesy of Bee City USA.
Community Supported Agriculture lets everyone take home the garden’s bounty all season long. Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project will host a CSA fair for prospective subscribers on Thursday, March 21. Photo courtesy of ASAP.
Discover new ways to attract birds to your yard with a bird feeding class at the N.C. Arboretum on Tuesday, March 12.
Learn how to raise backyard chickens, attend a cabaret and pick up some model trains this weekend. Podcast hosted by Kim Roney.
The Buncombe Fruit and Nut Club will care for edible trees and play nut games and an open orchard day on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Now’s the time to start thinking about conserving water in the garden. The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville will host a program on water-wise gardening in WNC at its next meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 5.
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.
Lovers of Indian food will recognize the roasted fennel seeds mixed with candies that are offered as an after-meal digestive aid and breath freshener.
Medicinally, wild yam has a long and highly acclaimed history. The Mexican wild yam, a relative of our North Carolina variety, is the plant that led to the development of the birth control pill.
I marched out to the garden, determined to make good on the squirrel’s accident. In short order, I harvested about 12 comfrey leaves (vibrant due to all the rain), chopped them up, put them into two small jars, and covered them with regular olive oil. I labeled them and stuck them on my counter where it’s dark and dry.
But, hold on, here’s where the wild part comes in. Consider adding in fresh wild greens to enhance the nutritional and medicinal benefits. I usually add just a one or two leaves so as to maintain the basil flavor.