ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
Our vision is one of strong farms, thriving local food economies, and healthy communities where farming is valued as central to our heritage and our future.
ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL – Apprentice Link helps aspiring farmers gain on-the-ground experience in WNC
Organic Growers School’s (OGS) Apprentice Link, the online matching service and directory to connect regional farms and aspiring farm apprentices, has grown to list over 25 local farms in Western NC and connected at least 10 aspiring farmers with farm apprenticeships over the past growing season. They are currently accepting new applications to be listed on the site. Apprentice Link has easy-to-use search functions and features organic and sustainable farms in Western NC. Farms that are included in this list are vetted by OGS through the following criteria:
Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle. Plant a container of nutritious vegetables and herbs. Include a few planters on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door.
In its 35th year of existence, the Farming Systems Trial (FST) at Rodale Institute continues to demonstrate, through scientific research data, that organic farming is superior to conventional systems with regard to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. This is the key to regenerative agriculture as it provides the foundation for its present and future growth.
FST is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. It was established in 1981 to study what happens to soil health and agricultural productivity when transitioning from conventional to organic agriculture. Organic agriculture practices result in higher soil organic matter (SOM) contents and, in turn, higher nutrient- and water-supplying potential to crops. Read full report!
Didn’t get enough gardening in this season? Don’t worry there is still time to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs this fall and winter.
Purchase transplants and seeds that will grow and flourish in the cooler fall and winter temperatures. Lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, root vegetables, edible pansies and calendula as well as cole crops, like broccoli, are a few to consider.
Seeing wet noodles in bags in the “toad-food” department of Ingle’s, I was suspicious. But today I found the same thing all over the tofu department of GreenLife, so I decided to try them.
Asheville, NC. Organic Growers School is partnering with Food First and Altruvistas to offer “Organic Revolution—A 9-Day Trip to Cuba,” from March 26 to April 3, 2018, with a focus on the country’s intensive sustainable agriculture practices. The tour, to be comprised of community members who are passionate about food and farming, will begin in Havana and travel to destinations such as Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, and Matanzas. The cost of the trip is $2,900 and will serve, in part, as a fundraiser for Organic Growers School (OGS), a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Spice & Tea Merchants of Asheville is not your standard spice or tea shop. Our store has hundreds of products including over 140 loose leaf teas, herbs, single, blended and hard to find spices, sugars, soup and rice mixes, honey and chocolates. We focus on providing organic teas and spices and gluten free/no salt added products. We also carry a wide variety of tea wares, grinders, storage containers for spices and Himalayan salt slabs and lamps!
My vision for Pick and Preserve started many years ago and came to fruition when my partner, Andrew, bought his farm, Ashe’ Spring. We live together on the farm and are in the process of creating a homesteading environment.
Create a Garden Anywhere with Straw Bales
By Melinda Myers
Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This technique allows gardeners to create raised bed gardens on a patio, lawn or any area with poor compacted soil. Straw bale gardening has been around for centuries, but thanks to Joel Karsten’s book “Straw Bale Gardens” it has gained new popularity.
“You ever eaten a Sugarloaf?” he asked. I shook my head. I was a hospice nurse and this gentleman, I’ll call him Zeb, was my patient. We’d been talking about our favorite apples, but this sounded more like a coffeecake. “What about a Sheepnose June?” he tried again. I’d never heard of it.
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