Despite the unique set of challenges it presents, WNC women are increasingly looking to agriculture as a business option.
Cultivating low-maintenance perennial food producers like asparagus, rhubarb and artichokes has benefits for both the soil and the gardener.
Local city governments offer leaf collection and processing services, but residents can also put their own fallen leaves to good use.
Dahlias take center stage with events at the Hendersonville botanical garden.
A renewed focus on farming aims to provide STEM education opportunities for students while ultimately making the organization self-sustaining.
An ever-increasing interest in hemp’s medicinal and culinary applications is giving rise to new partnerships.
The self-guided tour will feature a wide range of garden designs established both at older homes and newly constructed residences.
Some commonly used gardening and landscaping plants cause big problems for WNC’s ecosystem.
Although Western North Carolina’s small dairy farms face numerous challenges, the industry continues to be a robust contributor to the area’s economy.
Bill Jones and Shelby Singleton Jackson of Carolina Native Nursery will speak about how to use native Western North Carolina plants to create environmentally friendly landscapes that conserve water, require minimal pesticides and fertilizer treatments and can withstand cold and drought conditions.
The 14th annual event offers educational opportunities along with taste-testing, free tomato sandwiches and more.
Local farmers find another revenue stream in cultivating plants for seed.
Using repurposed containers and DIY soil amendments can make it easy and affordable to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit without a large garden plot.
Specific plant species can turn a garden into a living indicator of pollution levels.
As shifting weather patterns begin to affect WNC, new gardening strategies and hardier plant varieties may be needed.
Hayrides, fishing, wine tastings, cooking demos and berry-picking are just a sampling of the events lined up for this year’s tour, which showcases more than 20 small-scale, local farms.
From beans to squash, local experts talk about growing protein powerhouses in the home garden.
A class at Living Web Farms explores ways to inoculate carbonized charcoal with beneficial microbes and nutrients to yield a superior longterm fertilizer.
From attracting pollinators to native landscaping, upcoming classes at the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Center will provide useful information for gardeners new to the mountains.
The monthly events, offered at various local locations, provide useful information on outdoor and indoor composting methods, including composting with earthworms.
At the Shiloh Community Garden, generations gather to connect with one another and with the environment.