Muddy Sneakers: Connecting Kids With Nature

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| By Ruby Compton | “Will my shoes actually get muddy?” is the most often asked question to instructors of the non-profit organization Muddy Sneakers when staff first introduce the outdoor science education program to students. While honest in intention, …

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Good Neighbors

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| By Kristin Dunn | These mountains became a haven for my family when we moved from the coast to the opposite end of this beautiful state. What did we know about this area? Hardly anything except there was a …

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Built By Women: How Skyland Camp For Girls Continues Its 100 Year-Old Legacy

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Outside of Asheville, in the little town of Clyde, there is a legacy that has been building quietly, decade after decade, since 1917. Every June, the legacy continues as groups of girls arrive on Skyland Hill. This is Skyland Camp …

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Good Grief – It’s Camp Heart Songs

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| By Jonna Rae Bartges | The tiny girl stood on the edge of the platform by the side of the lake, clutching a rope as the Camp Heart Songs counselor adjusted her zip line harness. “Think about your grief, …

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Women Rock: How Mother and Daughter (Plus Father) Work Together to Run a Successful Local Farm

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| By Elizabeth Pavka, PhD, Wholistic Nutritionist | On a recent, early Saturday afternoon I’m sitting with Dawn Robertson and her 17-year-old daughter, Madison (Maddy), talking about their farm – East Fork Farm in Marshall, NC.

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10 Best Things about Franny’s Farm Camp: Where New Experiences Leave Lasting Memories

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Franny’s Farm Camp is an immersive experience where children can come into their own and have fun on a 33-acre, sustainable farm setting. Rising 2nd through 11th graders will interact with animals, eat from the garden, cook, journal and enjoy …

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Strong Women Collaborate to promote STEM

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| By Cynthia Stephens | Study after study demonstrates that women are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. However, members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) STEM committee are working together to change this fact. …

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Redefining the History, Color of Appalachian Poverty with OpenDoors of Asheville’s Jasmine Middleton

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| By Lauren Stepp | The War on Poverty might just be the longest battle these mountains have ever faced. Officially declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the campaign has featured artilleries of federal aid and failed bootstrapping …

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Mary Edwards: A Voice for Kids

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| By Kiesa Kay | As a girl, Mary Edwards got hurt. Her parents weren’t her perpetrators, but she ended up in foster care. She learned to hide her tears and smile even when she felt full of pain.

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OpenDoors of Asheville to Host 8th Annual Fundraiser “Art Affair 2017: Urban Canvas”

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The gala and art auction at the newly revitalized location of Wedge Brewery and 12Bones directly supports initiatives to help local youth break the cycle of multigenerational poverty.

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Farm To School: Coming Together

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Who grows your food? Many more children today know the answer to that question. One reason more children are tuned in to where their food comes from is the growing farm-to-school movement. This movement has grown by leaps and bounds, …

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LEAF: Creating a Family of Diverse Communities

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| By Cortina Caldwell | “I like drumming because I get to make beats. Drumming makes me feel free. It helps me know myself.” ~ Bentley, LEAF Southside Drummer

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Sarah: Gift and Giver

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“Letter” to the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County

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Asheville Lady Jaguars: Basketball For The Community

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| By Gretchin DuBose | To say that I love basketball is an understatement; so when I discovered that we have a semi-pro women’s team here in Asheville I was beyond excited and now I want to share that excitement …

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