Month: August 2017

School Lunches Go Organic

An article I found to be of interest and concept that seems like a great fit for our area which is rife with great farms and expertise in food service. Food  KCET the public kitchen Lessons From A Marin School District’s Organic School Lunch Program Rick Paulas September 9, 2015 Photo:turninggreenorg/Flickr/Creative Commons License One school is challenging the current model of school lunch. Watch the five-minute California Matters episode about it here. When I read the news back in 2013 that a school district in Marin County became the first in the nation to provide their students with all-organic, non-GMO meals, my reaction was “Oh, that’s nice.” When the people behind the project said this could be achieved anywhere, well, that’s when my skepticism started to set in. Sure. Any district can achieve something like this. All they need for this to happen is to reside in posh Marin County, which consistently breaks their own property value records. But maybe something like this could work in districts that don’t have that kind of bankroll. A few years ago, Judy Shils — head of the Sausalito-based non-profit Turning Green — asked districts in her area if any schools were interested in bringing organic, non-GMO foods into the lunchrooms. “I wanted to do a pilot of this process for a week to see if we can source the food we want...

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Pisgah Wilderness Weekend

The NC Sierra Club and other conservation groups are urging the US Forest Service to recommend eligible lands as new wilderness with this area, including the Black Mountains and Mackey Mountain. The weekend is planned as a boots-on- the-ground educational experience to engage Sierra Club members and non-members on the exceptional backcountry value and quality of this area, and how they can engage in the current Pisgah and Nantahala Forest Plan Revision process, the outcome of which could affect how these areas are managed.

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Common Cause North Carolina | Federal court allows lawsuit against partisan gerrymandering in NC to proceed

Aug. 29, 2017 Contact: Bryan Warner, Common Cause NC, 919-836-0027 or Federal court allows lawsuit against partisan gerrymandering in NC to proceed RALEIGH – A panel of three federal judges on Tuesday ruled that the case of Common Cause v. Rucho can proceed to trial, denying a request by lawyers for the state legislature to delay the lawsuit. The case challenges partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina. The following is a statement from Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause NC, in response to today’s decision: “We are pleased the court confirmed that our lawsuit against partisan gerrymandering will proceed.  This is a potentially landmark case that could finally end gerrymandering in North Carolina and may have reverberations across the country. The lawsuit is a crucial step toward protecting the constitutional right of citizens to have a voice in choosing their representatives.” The lawsuit was filed by Common Cause in August of 2016 after legislative leaders openly declared that they had replaced racially gerrymandered congressional districts with districts gerrymandered along partisan lines. A copy of the court’s denial of stay can be seen here. Common Cause NC is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging citizen participation in democracy. ### See more press releases from Common Cause North Carolina   Source: Common Cause North Carolina | Federal court allows lawsuit against partisan gerrymandering in NC to...

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    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Community Compost Raising

    You have heard of a barn raising.
    Join us for a community drop-off
    compost raising!

    When: April 19th at 6 pm

    Where: Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC

    Hosted by: Moving to Conservers

    All are welcome! Please join us!

    We will be constructing a community
    compost drop-off site at Coffee Carts
    and celebrate with a community potluck!
    Bring a dish to share and your own
    non-disposable place setting. This is
    a zero-waste event.

    For more information email

  • 28

    8:00 am-12:00 pm

    The annual spring plant sale by the Transylvania Master Gardeners, The Transylvania Garden Club, The French Broad Garden Club and the Heritage Museum will be held Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Brevard Ingles parking lot on Asheville Highway. This will be the second year in this location and it allows very easy access and plenty of parking for customers.

    The annual plant sale raises funds to support gardening and landscape projects throughout Transylvania Count including the Master Gardeners projects including those at Silvermont and the Pisgah Ranger Station and scholarships provided by the garden clubs.

    Come early for the best selection from a large variety of high quality, locally raised perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Local gardeners also will be on hand to offer advice.

    The plant sale takes place rain or shine. Admission is free.

    For more information, contact the Transylvania County Extension office, (828) 884-3109 or

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