What’s Holding Back the Organic Revolution?

What’s Holding Back the Organic Revolution?

We’re reprinting this article because it’s a crucially important summary. Thank you Organic Consumers Association. Original article here. By Ronnie Cummins Organic Consumers Association, August 20, 2014 There is growing alarm among conscious consumers and activists that our 21st Century food and farming system, and the government-corporate cabal that that props it up, is spiraling […]

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Seed Saving Basics by Janisse Ray

The following is an excerpt from Janisse Ray’s award-winning book about seeds and seed saving, The Seed Underground. If you’ve ever thought saving your own seeds was too much to tackle, let Janisse provide some encouragement and inspiration. BASIC SEED SAVING by Janisse Ray To save your own seeds and get plants that are photocopies of […]

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Interview with Janisse Ray

Organic Growers School is bringing Janisse Ray to Asheville on September 5-6, 2014. This interview is a reprinted with permission from The Echo, a Warren Wilson College publication. Interview with Writer-in-Residence Janisse Ray Lane Emmons, Features Editor (lemmons@wwc) on October 25, 2010, The Echo at Warren Wilson College This year’s Writer in Residence was Janisse Ray. […]

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Photo Contest Winner Announced

Photo Contest Winner Announced

2014 Harvest Conference Photo Contest Winner won two tickets to the Harvest Conference on September 6th. Photo Contest Winner: Kelli Elizabeth says: My little Cabbage Patch Kid in her element. She radiates pure joy when she is outside in the garden, picking berries, smelling the herbs, or analyzing leaves. She has been my constant companion […]

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Top 10 Super-Available Edible WILD Plants in Western NC

When you look at many wild edible plant lists you may run across plants you’ve never heard of or seen (like fireweed and monkey flower for instance). Or worse, they list things that most of us are unlikely to want to eat and savor. If you know where to look, this middle-of-the-road swath of green […]

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Janisse Ray Comes to Asheville – Three Ways to See Her

ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL is thrilled to be welcoming award-winning author, activist, naturalist and farmer Janisse Ray as workshop leader and keynote speaker for the 1st annual Harvest Conference on September 5&6, 2014. The long-awaited Harvest Conference, is a fall event featuring all the popularity of the Organic Growers School’s Spring Conference with a focus on season extension, […]

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Seven Reasons to Forage for Wild Food by Alan Muskat

Seven Reasons to Forage A Rewilding Manifesto by Alan Muskat (reprinted with permission) 1. Wild food is FREE You can’t beat the prices. This is one place where you get what you don’t pay for. 2. Wild food is FRESHER, more UNUSUAL, DIVERSE, and FLAVORFUL …than its store-bought, garden-variety descendants. 3. Wild food is HEALTHY […]

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CRAFT TOUR: Franny’s Farm

Franny’s Farm July 12th, 2014 Small Scale Livestock – Sheep, Poultry & Bees Our July CRAFT tour took us to Franny’s Farm in Leicester on the 12th. In just their second year farming, Frances, Jeff and their son Zach Tacy have established diversified small scale livestock on their farm, and presented a great landscape to […]

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CRAFT TOUR: Blue Ridge Food Ventures & Smoking J’s

Blue Ridge Food Ventures & Smoking J’s June 14th, 2014 Value Added Products We doubled up for our June tour topic on “Value Added Products” by taking a tour of Blue Ridge Food Ventures commercial kitchen facility with a trip to Smoking J’s Fiery Foods farm, both in Candler on June 14th. It was a […]

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Amazing Line-up of Instructors for Harvest Conference

Amazing Line-up of Instructors for Harvest Conference

Harvest Conference (September 5&6, 2014) in Asheville, NC welcomes these wonderful speakers: Featured Speakers Janisse Ray, award-winning writer, naturalist, and activist is author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast. Her latest book, […]

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