Sunday, January 20, 2013

Support Food Security in Asheville!

Photo Credit:  Jessica (
Reblogged from Oakley Farmers Market with permission.

Thanks to the work of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council, Asheville City Council will consider a proposed food action plan to move the city toward food security and to provide a more supportive atmosphere for urban farming. Posted below are the documents to be considered. Please consider contacting City Council (here’s their contact info) to express your support for the plan. You can also attend the meeting to show City Council that this is something that our community truly supports. Please share this post in order to garner as much support as possible!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ashley English at Malaprops June 14, 2010 at 7 p.m. book signing!

Local grown chickener Ashley English....."Ashevillians and other Western N.C. fans of small measure-let's meet up real time! I'll be presenting a talk this coming Monday evening, June 14th, at the long-lived, much-loved, community-supported/community-minded downtown bookstore Malaprops. Beginning at 7 p.m., I'll discuss my book series, "Homemade Living", including the two titles currently in print, "Keeping Chickens" and "Canning & Preserving", as well as those on the way next spring, "Home Dairy" and "Keeping Bees." You can read more about the event here.

I'd love to shake your hand, sign your book, give you a friendly hug, or just chat chickens or canning or small-scale homesteading at large (or whatever else we discover we both enjoy!). As I've yet to achieve David Sedaris-style fame, the event is free and open to the public."
check out Ashley's clever and beautifully written blog: . Way to go Ashley!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tour de Coop Schedule Tomorrow!

For any one who is interested, there will be a tour of a North Asheville Coop tomorrow from 2 -4pm. If you would like more details, check out the MeetUp site.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Chickens used as Therapist

Via the Asheville Citizen-Times.

POLSON, Mont. — Therapy dogs can be a comfort for seniors and those recovering from illnesses and injuries. So how about therapy chickens?

Jana Clairmont of Polson, Mont., calls her therapy birds — a white rooster and Cornish game hen — "Fowl Play."

On Thursday, she took them to visit residents at Polson Health and Rehabilitation Center in northeast Montana.

Many seniors were raised on farms, Clairmont says, and holding a chicken can bring back memories.

As one man stroked the rooster, Alex, the bird stretched out his neck and rested it across the man's forearm, like a puppy.

Clairmont has arranged visits to retirement and assisted living homes, and says she'd like to take Alex and Carlita, the hen, into classrooms this fall.