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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A Midsummer Night’s Feast to Benefit Local Organic Growers

August 4, 2014  Asheville, NC—The dream team of local food organizations including the French Broad Food Coop, Organic Growers School, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Green Sage Café, RAD & West Asheville Tailgate Markets are partnering to announce the August 4th benefit to fund a project bringing bulk organic animal feed to WNC. The Midsummer Night’s Feast […]

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CRAFT TOUR: Gaining Ground Farm

Gaining Ground Farm – May 10th For our May CRAFT tour, we had our first visit to Gaining Ground Farm! Anne and Aaron Grier and their apprentice crew grow a slew of annual produce, graze a happy herd of 25+ Red Devon beef cattle, and one hundred chickens on family land in Leicester. They are […]

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Pastured Poultry

From the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association Website. To see their site, click here. What is Pastured Poultry? Pastured Poultry relies on raising chickens directly on green pasture. The model has been developed over the last twenty years and allows the birds to receive a significant amount of pasture forage as feed. The birds are […]

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Plant an Extra Row or Two

If my expanded gardens work, I’ll have more food than I could possibly eat, and, unless I find room for and get another freezer or pantry, way more than I can even put up for the winter. Why would any sane person invest in the expensive infrastructure of more raised beds if not to eat […]

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