orphaned squirrels

Hundreds of orphaned squirrels to be rehabbed in WNC

Looking at video footage and photos from the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, one doesn’t immediately see the effect on animals, especially baby animals. But, just like people, many are uprooted from their homes and separated from their families. In recent days, some 300 orphaned baby squirrels have been found along the coast of the Carolinas, and […]

CHEERS TO THAT: "Ms. Earle coaches cheerleading [for the Asheville Youth Football and Cheerleading League], but she is also really a life coach and mentor for these girls," says Asheville City Schools Foundation executive director Kate Pett. "She tutors many of them, visits their teachers and communicates with their families regularly. She is really a life mentor and cheerleading is just the vehicle that engages these girls who really need someone just like her."

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a project to equip a youth cheerleading team with uniforms and other supplies; a local film collective’s contribution to a global project; plus one parent’s quest to improve Oakley Elementary School’s playground.

USING EVERYTHING: "If you're going to eat meat, I think it's really important to take responsibility for the suffering that goes into it [while] embracing the fact that we're omnivores and understanding the depth of that," says Natalie Bogwalker.

Sacred sacrifice: Upcoming workshop embraces conscious butchering practices

“If we are disconnected from our food and where our sustenance comes from, it’s a very dangerous thing for humanity,” says Natalie Bogwalker, founder of Wild Abundance. In November, Bogwalker teaches a two-day workshop that focuses on humane, reverent and conscious slaughtering and butchery practices.

Junie Norfleet (left) and Cissy Majebe are leaders of the local and statewide acupuncture community. Photo by Leslie Boyd

N.C. Acupunctur­e Board files suit to end ‘dry needling’ by physical therapists

An argument over a definition is headed to the courts as acupuncture practitioners in North Carolina contend the practice of “dry needling” by physical therapists constitutes acupuncture without sufficient training and is illegal. “Both involve the use of FDA-regulated acupuncture needles,” says Cissy Majebe, founder of the Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Clinic in Asheville. Also cofounder and […]

THE SPICE OF LIFE: The two basic categories of garlic are hardneck and softneck, and there are numerous varieties running the flavor gamut from mild to spicy-hot.

Hardnecks and softnecks: Talking garlic with Root Bottom Farm

Thai fire, Sicilian silver, German red: The world of garlic is far more exotic than one might expect from perusing the plain, white varieties found in most supermarket aisles. Root Bottom Farm owners Morgan and Sarah Decker are working to spread the word about the diverse types of the pungent, flavorful bulb that can be grown in Western North Carolina.