Garden Journal

Mowin’ grandma’s yard: With summer upon us, many seniors need assistance with mowing and lawn maintenance. If you like working outdoors and want to volunteer in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison or Transylvania counties, call the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 251-6622 (800-727-0557 toll-free), or send an e-mail to connie@landofsky.org.

If you want it, here it is: The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s 2006 Local Food Guide has now been released. The 88-page guide lists hundreds of regional family farms, orchards, U-pick berry patches, roadside stands, farmers’ markets and wineries, as well as restaurants, groceries and caterers that use local products. The publication’s also posted online at www.AppalachianGrown.org, where it can be searched by product, county, farm and other options. For more info, call 236-1282.

Call for garden guides: Volunteers are needed for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 11th Annual Mountain Farm & Garden Tour, slated for the afternoons of June 24 and 25. Recruits get a free pass for the day they aren’t working and a CFSA travel mug. Call (919) 542-2402 or visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org for a volunteer application.

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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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