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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:49

Giving new farmers a boost

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out frBy Katie Reeder • SMN Intern

Demand for locally grown food is soaring in Western North Carolina, but recruiting — and retaining — the farmers to grow the goods has been a challenge. That’s a problem a trio of farm-centric groups is hoping to address through a $100,000 grant they just landed from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. 

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Organic Growers School and Western North Carolina FarmLink are collaborating to create Farm Pathways: Access to Land, Livelihood and Learning, a new program that will mentor beginning farmers and link them with the resources they need to succeed. It’s set to begin in 2016.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:07

Give the A.T. some love

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out trailsdayA coalition of trail-loving organizations will join forces to celebrate National Trails Day with an opportunity to work on the Appalachian Trail Saturday, June 6.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:56

Smokies trails reopened following bear incident

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out leconteThe Mt. Le Conte Backcountry Shelter and trails to the popular Cliff Tops area have re-opened following closure due to a May 17 encounter with an aggressive bear.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:55

Solarize seeing success

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out solarThe Solarize WNC program — an effort to connect people interested in converting to solar energy with the resources to do so — is starting to see some success, with one solar contract signed and two more pending.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:16

Carnivorous plants exhibit opens at Arboretum

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out arboretumThe fascinating and complex world of carnivorous plants is the subject of the newest exhibit at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:13

Rain barrels for sale by HWA

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out rainbarrelHaywood Waterways Association and Haywood Cooperative Extension Service have 55-gallon rain barrels for sale.