Words From The Editor

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker Email: editor@wncwoman.com

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker
Email: editor@wncwoman.com

It’s all about sustainability this month with a particular focus on food. What is more important to our survival than food (other than water!)? As many writers tell us, we are blessed to live in an area where we have so much access to locally grown and produced foods. And as more of us shop locally more producers will be able to create and sustain their livelihoods as they accommodate our needs.
We have several inspiring stories about people growing, producing and distributing local food in sustainable ways: there’s the founder of Sow True Seeds, Carol Koury; Franzi Charen who started Asheville Grown Business Alliance; Maggie Cramer of ASAP profiles three women farmers who raise goats and chicken and various veggies for local markets.
Frances Figart tells us about People-First Tourism and how it helps connect and sustain small family farms and artisans. Tricia Baehr tells the heartening story of her son, Birke, and his drive to educate people about sustainability … from the age of eight!
We have the story of a new potato chip company that aims to create not only new products but opportunity for local farmers and workers.
And, as we talk about and enjoy food, let’s not forget that there are many of our neighbors who are “food insecure” as Sandy Krecioch reminds us (along with how we can help).
This month we are initiating a new Series that we think you will enjoy and hope you will participate in. Food for Thought starts off with three recipes that sound delicous and each have a bit of a twist. Going forward, we envision you sending us your favorite recipes and we will convert them (and test!) to a healthier version: gluten- or sugar- or dairy-free, for instance.
As always, we have our regular columnists who offer each month useful information for your home, your pets, and for your financial and business life; cutting-edge health ideas; entertaining words of poetry and book reviews and wisdom.

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker
Written by Sandi Tomlin-Sutker