Garden Journal

Queen (or king) bee needed: The Asheville City Market, in connection with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, is looking for a manager for its new producer-only destination farmers’ market in downtown Asheville. The half-time position will start this fall. Organizers say they want a diplomatic communicator who is organized, detail-oriented and an innovative thinker, with experience in retail, promotion and business and financial management. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: ASAP, Market Manager, 729 Haywood Road #3, Asheville, NC 28806 or e-mail to: Visit for more info. Deadline is Sept. 14.

Polishing local apples: Promotion of fresh healthy foods and support of local farms have moved into the most important meal of the day for many children in WNC. Currently Madison, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey County schools, as well as Asheville City Schools, are buying produce from local farms. Now ASAP has organized 20 key stake holders including representatives from the Henderson County school system, Flavor First, Henderson’s Best, the Henderson County Health Department, Partnership for Health, local farmers, Western Carolina Community Action and the N.C. Cooperative Extension to discuss the potential for farm to school in Henderson County. They discussed sourcing local food for school cafeterias, the role of school gardens, farm field trips and nutrition education. Christina Dodd, the county schools’ child nutrition director, will be meeting with N.C. Cooperative Extension to discuss needs, availability and logistics for school use of Henderson County produce. If you are interested in being involved, contact Emily Jackson at or Molly Nicholie at


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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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