Asheville, NC: Organic Growers School is launching a new curriculum and training opportunity to Southern Appalachia in partnership with Certified Naturally Grown with funding support from the USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service. Holistic Crop Management is a four-part workshop series led by local farmers and agricultural experts. Growers will gain the tools to manage soil health, weeds, pests and diseases for whole-farm success. Workshops will be held across Northern Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southwestern Virginia.
ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL’s Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training in Western NC: Early Bird Application August 1st
Student Profile: Warren Lee
When Warren Lee applied to the Organic Growers School’s year long farmer training, Farm Beginnings®, they spoke about the pull and draw of their family land in Roswell, Georgia as a motivating factor. It was their great grandfather’s land and had been passed down in the family. Farm Beginnings® is a 12-month training that uses a mix of farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, mentorship, and field days. Warren had been pursuing their farm dream in the Northeast, including work on a farm in VT, a permaculture design course certificate, and a Masters in Ecological Design.
Food Connection – Making a Difference in Western North Carolina
Sarah Nowicki Nicholson in WNC Woman Magazine
I think we can all agree that no fresh food should ever end up in the trash while people are going hungry. I hadn’t been at my current job for more than one week as the Marketing Manager for UNC Asheville’s dining program before I heard about Food Connection and Flori Pate, the co-founder and creative director of Dig Local and co-founder and executive director of Food Connection. My limited understanding, at that time, can be summed up as, “okay – so, we wrap up any unused extra food from back of house, call this lady, and she’ll just come get it and donate it?” It sounded a little too good to be true. Click here to continue reading
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.
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.
Not only will making the shift towards living an environmentally-friendly life help improve the planet we live in, but it can also positively assist with your health.
If you’re aware of the current state of our climate and world issues at present, you’ll understand the urge to ditch unnecessary chemicals, unfavorable Earth practices, and anything that creates waste.
While being aware of these bad habits and routines and doing something about it, you can also create a healthier you.
Offered by Va Boyle from Green Living Ideas
We all know that plastic waste is becoming an acute problem on land and in our oceans. While many people aspire to a zero-waste lifestyle, suddenly removing every morsel of single use plastic from your daily routine isn’t easy!
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.
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.
Tammy brings us information about how the honey bee has been perceived in America and how those perceptions have changed as the country has developed through the centuries. She will also discuss her new forthcoming book about women and bees.
“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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