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Sustainable Food
Natasha Chart writes regularly at about food that is good for the body and society. More>

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WNC "Think Global, Act Local" Movement Grows
by Byron Belzak

As an extension of the idea of "Think Global, Act Local," one cannot help but notice that "Grow Local, Buy Local" is another popular theme throughout Western North Carolina. Self-sufficiency and healthier ways of living at the local level have captured the imaginations and organizational skills of many WNC newcomers and those born-and-raised here.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) offers an excellent Local Food Guide. Included are many useful and tasty listings, ranging from tailgate markets to restaurants. More>

One might add, "Walk Local, Dine Local," with increasing numbers of fine independent restaurants located in the many revitalized and pedestrian friendly downtowns located throughout WNC. More>

Greenlife Grocery, one of the newest health food stores to have cropped up in Asheville, has endeared itself to many who prefer fresh and organic food. More>

Earth Fare, another organic-oriented food market, has long been the favorite "healthy supermarket" among Ashevillians. More>

French Broad Food Co-op (FBFC), located on Highway 25 in the heart of downtown Asheville, remains the solidly local shopping choice of many a proud tree-hugger and community-minded advocate. More>

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, known as AIR, is a leader in promoting quality food and dining for the independent minded, which could roughly include just about every independent spirit who enjoys living or visiting the Blue Ridge mountains. More>

There are the many retail and home-based competent caterers and bakers, as well as sweet hole-in-the-wall sandwich and coffee shops that deserve a bit and bite of your time, too. There are so many that deserve mention, and honorable mentions at that. More>

For the less fortunate, Manna Foodbank strives to end hunger in the mountains. A big job, but there are many who greatly support this noteworthy organization. More>

Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, nicknamed A-B Tech, offers an nationally recognized culinary school. More>

Organic Growers School is a major gardener's delight scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2006. This one-day event, is held annually and hosted at Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC. More>

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association inspires professionals, amateurs and consumers to learn more and appreciate the bounty grown locally in the mountains. Their mission is to create a sustainable food supply in the Carolinas. More>

Warren Wilson College has long been highly regarded as a hotbed of sustainable agricultural education and stewardship that features a 275-acre college farm with a halo of giving back to the community. More>

Asheville Agricultural, with three locations in North Carolina including Asheville, offers equipment for gardeners hooked on hydroponics and organics. More>

A wonderful readers' list of many more local food articles and healthy ideas is available online compliments of ASAP. More>

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