ECO announces Sustainable Living workshops for early 2013, starts Wednesday, Jan. 23

Press release

from then Environmental & Conservation Organization, Hendersonville, N.C.

ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization’s Green Energy and Sustainability Committee will host a series of interesting, informative and hands-on workshops this year to help local residents learn to become more productive food growers, cut their energy footprint, and become more self-sufficient. The workshops will focus on helping local residents use environmentally sound methods to live better lives and develop closer connections to their world. Each workshop will be taught by a trained specialist.

The first Sustainable Living Workshop of the year will be about Winter Vegetable Gardening hosted by Bullington Gardens Director, John Murphy on Wednesday, January 23rd at 4PM. It may be January but it is not too early to start thinking about growing salad and vegetable items in your own garden. John Murphy is a teacher and horticulturalist who has been at Bullington since 1999.

This workshop will teach students the types of vegetables that can be grown this time of year and ways to keep these plants protected during particularly cold periods. Seeds can be put in the ground now for lettuce. Cauliflower and broccoli can be started soon. Come and get your questions answered. Learn what materials you should select for row covers that can extend the growing season in both spring and fall.

All workshops including this one require advance registration since they tend to sell out. There is a $15 registration fee per attendee per workshop that can be paid online at or contact ECO at 828-692-0385.

In addition to the Winter Vegetable Gardening Workshop on January 23rd at 4PM, the following additional workshops will be held this winter/spring:

Wednesday, February 13: Sustainable Living Workshop: Learn to Winterproof Your Home. 6:30 pm, Rick Bayless of A Healthier Home holds a hands-on workshop for do-it-yourselfers to learn to lower your energy footprint and save money. $15 program fee. Pre-registration required. Call ECO for details: Girl Scout Hut at Five Points

Tuesday, March 19: Sustainable Living Workshop: Create An Edible Landscape 6:30 pm, Local permaculture expert Chuck Marsh discusses how to turn your barren lawn into a thriving food machine that feeds you and nature. You may pre-order fruit and nut trees prior to workshop and have them delivered to you. $15 program fee. Pre-registration required. Call ECO for details. ECO Conference room

Tuesday, April 23: Sustainable Living Workshop: Green Burials 7 – 9 pm. Learn from local expert Michele Skeele about the process of burying a loved one with the Earth in mind. The workshop will include the burial process as well as earth-based services that have been offered by Death Doulas. $15 program fee. Pre-registration required. Call ECO for details. ECO Conference room

Saturday May 4: Sustainable Living Workshop: Wild Plant Walk 10 am – 12 noon People should bring lunch so we can eat together afterwards. Learn about wild plants that grow in our yards and parks and their nutritional value to include in your daily menu. $15 program fee. Pre-registration required. Call ECO for details. Location provided upon registration.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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