A Golden Day In The Mountains – A Garden Party In June

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| By Kala Carol Shaffer | One June day ten years ago, Ron and Rachel Clearfield opened their home and gardens to all for a golden garden party… with meaning and purpose. Ten years later and the annual event reaches …

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River Arts District Farmers Market: Growing Community Around Fresh Local Food

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I am lucky to watch a community in the making every Wednesday, May through November, in a grassy field next to All Souls Pizza in the River Arts District. When I arrive at noon, the field is a blank slate …

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The Perfect Garden Isn’t Perfect

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| By JeanAnn Taylor | Few things in life are as enjoyable as watching butterflies flit from flower to flower. No matter your age, from toddlers to seniors, these enchanting sprites bring joy and life to our backyards. For this …

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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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