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Food, Farm & Market

Here’s a more literally “juicy” section that contains information especially about foods produced in our region, foods with enhanced freshness and nutritional value. You’ll find offerings about what’s going on with the local food industry in the WNC mountains.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project     Slow Food Asheville     Asheville Independent Restaurants     Foodtopia Asheville   

Organic Growers School hosts 4th Annual Harvest Conference September 8 & 9

Photo by Amelie Fletcher

ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL (OGS) will host the upcoming 4th annual Harvest Conference, for backyard gardeners, urban farmers, and homesteaders of all skill levels on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.

The event focuses on fall & winter growing, food preservation & storage, fermentation, cooking from scratch, and sustainability skills. The learning continues on Sunday with a Root Crop Production workshop at LIving Web Farms in Mills River, NC.


Spice & Tea Merchants of Asheville

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!


Create a Garden Anywhere with Straw Bales

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.


Welcome to the Organic Growers School Conference Library

 
Each year, we host over 70 classes and hands on workshops for anyone and everyone with a stake in the local food movement. There are so many classes to choose from that you rarely get to see everything you want. Many of our speakers are kind enough to provide their powerpoints or handouts to be included in our Spring Conference Library. Scroll down to find topics, and click on the class title to download items from that class. Click here for the OGS Library

How to Start a Garden – The Ultimate Guide by Jenn

What are the most important lessons I have learned over the years? How would I advise someone to begin for guaranteed success? People garden with different objectives in mind.


The Asheville City Market’s new location this season: North Market Street!

 

The Asheville City Market is moving to a new location this season: North Market Street! The freshest, best-tasting food in the area will now take over two blocks of downtown Asheville every Saturday morning. You’ll still find your favorite vendors of farm-fresh produce, meat, dairy, and local artisan products, as well as brand-new offerings in the expanded market.

Asheville City Market South remains at its location in the center of Biltmore Park Town Square and will be open every Wednesday afternoon for your
mid-week shopping needs.  Click for more information


Asheville City Market Announces New Downtown Location Opening April 1

Asheville’s premier downtown farmers market opens on North Market Street on April 1

Asheville City Market, one of the region’s vibrant farmers markets, is moving to a new, street-closed location in downtown Asheville. Starting on April 1, Asheville City Market will be open on North Market Street, between Woodfin Street and East Walnut Street, where shoppers can enjoy open-air shopping for goods offered by local farmers, craftspeople, bakers, and other vendors.


Crop Performance in Farming Systems Trial at Rodale Institute

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!


Elevated gardens allow gardeners to easily plant herbs, vegetables and flowers anywhere.

Extend the Harvest this Season

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.


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