April 2016

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All the content from the April 2016 “Food & Farming – Staying Local” issue!

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A Worthy Journey

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| By Dori Miller | Atlanta Magazine had just named me a Georgia Super Lawyer, an attorney in the top 5% of attorneys in the state of Georgia. Why did I feel so empty and out of balance? What was …

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The Art of Marketing YOU

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| By Bridget Morris | Long hours, failures, and problem solving… such is the life of an entrepreneur. Although the painstaking work can be overwhelming at times, the mountaintop experiences bring a euphoria that can be matched with nothing else. …

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Hope Springs Eternal

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| By Janis Gingermountain | After a long, hard winter it feels as if I need to cultivate a little bit of hope. Where better to do that than in my armchair, with a cup of hot chai, leafing through …

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Mad Mountain Mud Run: Are you a Mudder, a Mate or a Lover?

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Western North Carolina is known for its beautiful mountains, trails, scenery and its endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. And adventure awaits fun-minded runners at the 5th Annual Mad Mountain Mud Run, presented by Hunter Subaru, taking place in the mountains …

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Ask The Experts: Hemp

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| By Mike Rogers & Bill Cheek, Courtesy of Nature’s Vitamins & Herbs | Question 1: I see that you guys have a sign for CBD oil in the front of your store, What is CBD Oil?

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You Can do Anything: Build a roof or bake a pie with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program

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| By Greta Bush | My grandfather and I were crouched on our knees on the roof of the chicken coop we were building, his rough, stained farm hands guiding my four-year-old fingers around a heavy hammer. He held a …

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Their Seeds Sow True

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| By Renee Fortner | Sow True Seed is a small seed company based in downtown Asheville, NC. Founded in 2008 by gardener and activist, Carol Koury, Sow True’s mission is to support a sustainable food system by offering open-pollinated, …

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Carolina Mountains Cheese Fest

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Good, local food isn’t hard to find in Asheville. Tailgate markets are thriving, farm-to-table restaurants are booming, and local farmers and producers are taking part. Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest, hosted by the WNC Cheese Trail, is another way that you …

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Farming the Toe River Valley: Dancing Ducks, Gold Finches and Wooly Llamas

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| By Sue Wasserman | When it comes to taking on new roles, Christina Johnson is an expert. After all, she studied at New York’s prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Although she’s playing alongside an eclectic cast of characters, …

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Eighth Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest

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The Eighth Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest takes place on Friday, April 22, 2016 and Saturday, April 23, 2016.

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Literacy Council of Buncombe County Student Felipa Abrega

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In her own words, in English, Felipa Abrega, writes her story: I came from Mexico with my husband and started a family in California. My first child was born there. There weren’t many job opportunities in California, so we moved …

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The Nose Knows! Is Bitter Better?

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Follow your nose and challenge your senses for the sake of your health. The five basic flavors are sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory. One of the most commonly disliked and avoided flavors is bitter and yet bitter foods contain …

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Mindfully Yours: Saving Fat for Explosives or Eating for Peace?

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“When practiced to its fullest, mindful eating turns a simple meal into a spiritual experience, giving us a deep appreciation of all that went into the meal’s creation as well as a deep understanding of the relationship between the food …

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