Garden Journal

Hay day: North Carolina State University’s Mountain Research Station in Waynesville will host a Hay Field Day on Tuesday, Aug. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.

The program will include mowing, tedding, raking and baling demonstrations, lectures on the use of legumes as a replacement for nitrogen fertilization, renovation and soil-sampling techniques, weed-control methods and use of a no-till seed drill. 

Somewhere, a place for us: The Botanical Gardens at Asheville will play host to a program on Planting to Maintain Habitats and Natural Communities, on Sunday,
Aug. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

If you’re concerned about success with native plants, this presentation by photographer, naturalist and gardener Jay Kranyik, will help you learn how to select the right plant for the right place.

The fee for the event is $5 for gardens members and $7 for nonmembers. To register, call 252-5190.

Write if you find work: The Asheville-based Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is seeking a program assistant. Deadline to apply is Monday, Aug. 11. To learn more, visit

Coming up fast: It’s not too early to start thinking about the Carolina Farm Stewardship Assocation’s 23rd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, planned for Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in Anderson, S.C.

The event will include farm tours, more than 60 workshops, sustainably produced meals and appearances by alt-farming “rock stars” Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia, and Wes Jackson of The Land Institute in Kansas. To learn more, visit

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