Bulbs are generally fun and simple, and the time to get them in the ground is now.
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard and other area U-pick farms celebrate harvest season.
The U.S. Botanical Safety Laboratory’s new gas chromatography equipment and a specially developed testing methodology are poised to bring stability and convenience to Western North Carolina’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry.
“Healthy soil and the biodiversity that generates and maintains it is key in simultaneously improving food security, watershed health, preventive medicine and climate mitigation,” says farmer, ethnobotanist and educator Mark Cohen.
The Sept. 28 event will offer a milkweed plant sale, children’s educational activities and a monarch gardening workshop for adults.
Hickory Nut Gap Farm will join forces with the National Young Farmers Coalition to host a free dinner and networking evening for new and future farmers on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Both local and corporate retailers are committing to reduce or eliminate use of the popular but harmful insecticide.
Fall-blooming perennials, shrubs, trees, gently used gardening items and more will be available at the two-day annual event.
The two-day conference features workshops from area experts on forest farming, medicinal herbs, wild edibles and hemp growing.
The new program will work with local farmers and landowners in an effort to develop hemp as viable crop for Western North Carolina.
Recognizing the importance of crop diversity in a changing climate, local farmers are working to develop new crops for Western North Carolina.
The drop-in event will offer information on everything from basic poultry care to homegrown food sources and keeping chickens for pest control.
More than 30 bands on three stages plus classes covering everything from aquaponics to regenerative agriculture practices are on the schedule for the three-day festival.
The proposed two-story pavilion would provide cold storage, processing space, a value-added kitchen and more for local community gardens.
Last year, Asheville joined only seven other cities in North Carolina to earn recognition from the National Wildlife Federation as a certified Community Wildlife Habitat. Area gardeners from Bee City USA and Mountain Wild! share their tips for creating habitat at home.
The two-day event will offer guided, educational tours of the flower fields, pottery studio and wood-fired kiln along with other activities.
WNC’s family farms are broadening their horizons to explore new avenues for income.
The market, which is open daily, comprises 14 buildings spread over 36 acres.
In late May, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation proposed banning all smokable hemp flower, in addition to more stringent regulation of hemp processing and a host of other precautions. Those changes are now under consideration in the General Assembly, where they could be enacted as part of the N.C. Farm Act of 2019.
The conference’s five days of field trips, lectures, workshops and networking opportunities has made it “a model for similar native plant gatherings around the country,” says organizer Bobby Hensley.