Six years in the making, a 300 kilowatt-hour solar array at Asheville’s Isaac Dickson Elementary School was officially dedicated Sept. 24. The $428,000 project is expected to save the school over $1.3 million in utilities costs over its 30-year operational lifespan.
From the Get It! Guide: According to MANNA FoodBank’s 2014 Map the Meal Gap study, food insecurity affects 15.3 percent of Western North Carolina. But several local efforts are looking to stop hunger in WNC, bringing the battle to the fields, the pantries, the neighborhoods and even city hall.
From the Get It! Guide: The process of becoming an urban farmer offers a quick learning curve full of chances for success or for failure. Start your journey by learning how to navigate the restrictions, requirements and resources of an urban farmer.
The Dec. 31 cover story by Jonathan Ammons, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” examined communities in Asheville that lack supermarkets and access to other sources of affordable, nutritious food. The story explored how these neighborhoods, known as food deserts, came to be and how grassroots organizations, like the Ujamaa Freedom Market (made possible due to the Women’s […]
How does Asheville, one of the busiest tourist hubs in the state — a place where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a chef or a farmer — have so many people lacking access to good food or outright going to bed hungry?
What happens when you put local tech geeks and food aficionados in an A-B Tech classroom for 12 hours straight? Serious progress. That was the case, at least, when Asheville hosted a Hackathon as part of Code for America’s National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1. Code for America is an organization whose goal […]
Asheville City Council is thinking about your stomach — and stomachs all over town, in fact. On Jan. 22, Council members voted 6-0 to adopt the Food Action Plan, drafted by the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council.
The plans will be presented by the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council at the Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting of City Council.
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Asheville City Council members will vote on a resolution stating, “The City of Asheville approves the attached Food Policy Goals and Action Plan.” On Sunday, Jan. 19, WWNC radio host Pete Kaliner and “Dmitri/Raven Ravinoff” debated the issue via Twitter.
Fresh from City Hall, here’s some food-policy news you really ought to know.