Asheville Herb Festival – A Must See Event May 5-7, 2017

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| By Tammy Taylor | Herbs have been part of human culture since the beginning of time. Although they add the characteristic Italian flavor of spaghetti sauce, as well as that nutty-exotic flavor of Indian curry dishes, herbs have long …

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Follow Up On Community Resilience Challenge!

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| By Laura Lengnick | Community Resilience Challenge Counts 980 Acts of Resilience in May

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A Tropical Paradise in Appalachia

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| By Rosalyn Wasserman | “Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, Cattleya… :” The scientific names for orchids flow easily for Appalachian Tropicals owner, Demelza Smyth Kittles. She speaks gently as she lovingly caresses the orchids, as if touching a baby. In some ways, …

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October: When Fertilizer Falls From The Sky

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| By Megan Riley | October is the most important gardening month. This statement may seem strange, as we typically think of this time of year as a transition from an active summer to a restful autumn. We consider May, …

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Gardening With The Sun: A Virgo In The Garden

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| By Megan Riley | Agricultural astrology has a long history, dating back thousands of years. When using astrology, gardeners pay attention to the path of the moon across the zodiac as well as the phase of the moon. The …

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Harvest Seeds for Future Gardens

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| By Kathryn Hall | After two years in North Carolina, I had made the decision to return to the West. Strangely, I knew one of the things I would miss about North Carolina were the chipmunks. I didn’t recall …

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Edible Landscaping Helps Us To Live Our Ethics

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| By Megan Riley | Food ethics have become a big factor in shoppers’ decision-making. What we buy is informed by how land and animals are cared for, how farm laborers are treated, and if companies profit from questionable technologies …

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Healthy Lifestyle With Edible Landscaping

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| By Megan Riley | After a day of planting the garden recently, I was heading for the house, looking forward to a hot shower, when I glanced at the trellis of sugar snap peas and remembered one other task …

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Achieving Sustainability With Edible Landscaping

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— By Megan Riley — Picking blueberries right outside our front doors – making use of land immediately around us for food – sitting on the patio enjoying the varied textures, colors and scents of the edible landscape – No …

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Spring: A Forager’s Paradise

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— By Abby Artemisia — It’s finally Spring! Actually, as I write this, there are six inches of snow on the ground, and the temperature is below freezing. As a plant person, every year it seems harder to wait for …

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Book Review: “Rebuilding the Foodshed: A Community Resilience Guide” by Philip Ackerman-Leist

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  By Roberta Binder   We have no idea how fortunate we are to live in Western North Carolina where sustainable agriculture abounds and continues to grow. We can visit over ninety farmers’ markets in WNC every day, including several …

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Herb Spiral: Magical Sparkling Joy

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  By Janis Gingermountain   The moment Jasmine, our informal gardening advisor, mentioned that we might like to build an herb spiral in our community garden, I was hooked. It didn’t hurt that she served us several yummy summer herbal …

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Invest In Trees

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  By Kathryn Hall   My daughter was making her first journey to Appalachia! And knowing we would not see each other that Christmas I leapt at the chance to create a holiday with her in October. Fortunately Halloween is …

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Welcome to the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden

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  By Roberta Binder   In the Beginning   Thanks to the long-range vision of Dr. John Wilson, a retired pediatrician who settled with his wife and family in Black Mountain in 1976, community gardening continues to thrive. His gardening …

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