“We need to have as much say as possible over the decisions that affect our lives, the money that informs our projects, the food that we eat and every system we touch,” writes Lee Warren, executive director of the Organic Growers School. “Relocalizing means taking back our power in every possible way.”
Statistics show that American schools throw away more than $1 billion worth of food every year. Asheville-area schools and organizations are taking some steps toward alleviating the problem.
The goal looks the same for everyone involved: an equitable, resilient system where all community members have access to plenty of nutritious, fresh food.
June is high season in Asheville for local berries, including some that can be harvested in the city’s public spaces.
“As a progressive city with a ‘food destination’ reputation, it is our responsibility to make an equitable food system a goal and to make food policy and programs a high priority across city departments.”
The recent Regional Food Waste Summit at Warren Wilson College provided a forum for Western North Carolina nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions and individuals to hash out the realities of the local food waste conundrum.
Polanco brings a fresh take on Mexican fare to the former Vincenzo’s space. Also, Warren Wilson College hosts the Regional Food Waste Summit, White Labs Kitchen & Tap opens on South Charlotte Street, chocolate comes to The Collider and Abby Artemisia hosts a workshop on foraging.
This month the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council seeks approval from the city for a revised version of its Food Action Plan.
“I’d like to share some local resources that make up a large part of the nonprofit contribution to our local food system in Western North Carolina.”
Panel discussions and an educational presentation on Saturday, May 20, will look at disaster resiliency in Buncombe County and how residents can work toward creating a self-sustaining food system.
A new program spearheaded by the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council gives SNAP users more spending power when purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Western North Carolina.
Expanded bus routes and hours could help more Asheville residents gain consistent access to healthy food. But a more effective city transit system may be a little way down the road.
The past year has brought a few changes to the organization, including new coordinator Kiera Bulan.
The Döner offers kebabs and other Turkish foods at the Asheville Mall. Also: Buncombe Food Policy Council hosts a potluck, WNC Young Farmers Coalition holds a fundraiser at New Belgium, a holiday dinner at Rhubarb benefits The POP Project and City Bakery has launched its new production site.
City staff were called to account for a communication failure that led to the removal of mature fruit trees at George Washington Carver Edible Park last month. City Council approved a land use incentive grant for affordable housing on Simpson Street, amended the process for requesting a variance from the city’s signage ordinance and approved modest changes to the rules that govern downtown street performances.
“It is completely possible to design a security lighting system that does not destroy the integrity of this space and that would not require the removal of trees.”
“The city is not only failing to ‘prioritize’ edibles but is actively undoing the selfless work undertaken by thoughtful citizens.”
Although Asheville City Council approved a 14-point Food Action Plan three years ago that included a goal of implementing underutilized city-owned land for agricultural purposes, to date little headway has been made in that area.
Can new ways of structuring the rules that govern how organizations gather information and make decisions help our community move beyond entrenched positions and polarizing rhetoric? Some local consultants say yes, and point to local organizations that are already using new tools to increase participation in developing and implementing solutions to challenging issues.
From improving food access to supporting urban agriculture, the six Asheville City Council candidates shared their views on local food issues at a recent forum hosted by the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council.
With an upcoming forum for Asheville City Council candidates, the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council hopes to make food insecurity one of the front-and-center campaign issues.