Blog :: 08-2010

First ever Hemp House in the U.S. built in N.C.

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8/26/2010 - First ever Hemp House in the U.S. built in N.C.
by Portfolio Weekly

Push Designs has completed constructing the first Hemp House in the U.S. Built in Asheville, NC, the sustainable house, which has been created from a renewable hemp-based material, called Hemcrete, features several green and energy-saving materials on the inside as well. Hemcrete is a sustainable material that has been made from hemp, water and lime. The breathable material purifies air and helps insulate the house.

On the inside, the 3400sqf house features walls and doors made from recycled paper, which like the Hemcrete, has good insulating properties and adds to the eco-credentials of the house. The home owners, Russ Martin and his wife Karen Korp have installed energy saving lighting fixtures to further reduce the use of grid electricity.

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It's Roadless Recreation Week in NC

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8/12/2010 - It's Roadless Recreation Week in NC
by Margaret Williams, Mountain Xpress

FROM THE NC NEWS SERVICE

The country's first-ever "Roadless Recreation Week" kicks off in North Carolina and other states this week. There are hikes and bike rides planned across the state as part of the campaign, including several organized by the Asheville-based Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. Its director, Mark Shelley, explains why roadless areas are invaluable to conservation efforts.

"The experience harkens back to earlier times when forests were healthy and vibrant and so, we like to try and hold on to these places, and the best opportunity to do that is the Roadless Rule."

Roadless Recreation Week takes place as a federal court ponders a case that could affect the fate of the 2001 national Roadless Rule that protects roughly one-third of undeveloped Forest Service lands. The rule has been the subject of conflicting court decisions in the past decade. Last summer, a federal judge upheld the rule; another, similar case is pending. Opponents of continued roadless area protection argue that limiting growth in those areas hinders mining, ranching and timber efforts, thereby limiting opportunities for vital job creation.

According to Shelley, there are 172,000 roadless acres in the Tarheel State, making it home to some of the largest pristine areas on the East Coast.

"Roadless areas are the last wild places in the country; and by 'roadless,' they mean there are no, or very little, roads in these areas. Those areas are especially rare in the east."

North Carolina joins the states of Oregon, Washington, New Mexico and Colorado in commemorating Roadless Recreation Week. For a list of this week's activities, see http://www.ourforests.org or http://www.safc.org.

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ocal artist and traveling exhibits open Saturday

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8/4/2010 - Local artist and traveling exhibits open Saturday
by The Andrews Journal

Regional artists will have their artwork spotlighted in a locals-only exhibit opening at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Valleytown Cultural Arts and Historical Society.

The Valley River Arts Guild offered artists from the area the opportunity to display their work. The chosen pieces will be for sale, with a percentage of the commission benefiting the cultural arts society.

An exhibit recreating the inside of an Appalachian home featuring the work of five western North Carolina artists is being featured at the cultural arts center with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

HandMade in America, an organization dedicated to establishing western North Carolina as the destination for handmade goods, is taking the exhibition around the state and has chosen Andrews to temporarily house it.

The installation originally was featured in HandMade in America's Craft, Architecture and Design Expo in June at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.

The craftsman created the exhibit called a "Hearth" to showcase furniture from Asheville artist Chris Spoerer, metal work of William Rogers, stoneware pottery from Travis Berning and Blairsville, Ga., quilter Barbara Webster under the team leadership of Western Carolina University professor Anna Fariello of Cullowhee.

Members of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, a Cherokee crafts organization, participated in the original installation.

The installation will be on display until Aug. 31. Fariello will be available to answer questions on the exhibit following the reception.

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ew food & environmental film fest announced for Asheville

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8/2/2010 - New food & environmental film fest announced for Asheville
by Kickstart

 Based in lovely Asheville, NC, Fresh Asheville is a grassroots organization focused on educating and inspiring people to action through film and community participation. Fresh Asheville focuses on solutions and the importance that daily choices have on the health, environment, and sustainability of our community and the world. Fresh Asheville has teamed with the Dutch Environmental Film Festival to bring the latest and top quality related documentaries to the Asheville Food & Environmental Film Festival September 22-25, 2010. Fresh Asheville was inspired by the movie FRESH, making it the headliner of this year's festival.

Participating restaurants will host an Opening Dinner at Eyes of Blue Farm featuring locally produced delights with proceeds to benefit this year's community project. This will be followed by three days of citywide screenings, lectures and workshops, and a closing dinner at Eyes of Blue Farm catered by Food Experience. This will be an opportunity to have a local farm fresh meal with the attending Directors and Producers of the festival film selection. Collaborative efforts are being made with the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) and Slow Food Asheville to include students in the festival program, and to launch UNCA's own chapter of Slow Food International during the festival, which will empower students to become more involved in solutions. There is further effort with other community organizations to implement new programs for students' service learning through hands-on experience of fresh local food as this year's community project. Although the community project is serving the community of Asheville, the festival will serve all who attend, and everyone is welcome from anywhere in the world.

As with any film festival, there are screening rights and fees, lecture fees, venue costs, advertising, and such. Pledges will assist with these costs and every dollar helps spread the knowledge about important issues affecting our health and the planet. The more the pledges, the more films will be shown, which means more people will be reached and inspired to action!

 

 

 

 

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NC Magazine Asheville Wine & Food Festival partners with Young Transportation, area hotels

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8/1/2010 - WNC Magazine Asheville Wine & Food Festival partners with Young Transportation, area hotels
by Asheville Citizen Times

 

 

 

 

 

The WNC Magazine Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting, planned for 1-5 p.m. Aug. 14, announces local partnerships to provide transportation and accommodations for the attendees of the 2010 Grand Tasting.

Young Transportation has come on board as the official WNC Magazine Asheville Wine & Food Festival transportation sponsor, offering complimentary shuttle service from downtown Asheville to the WNC Agricultural Center, adjacent to the Asheville Regional Airport.

The shuttle will run continuously from Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, 1 Battery Square, to and from the Expo Center. The first bus will depart at 12:30 p.m. and will run hourly until 7 p.m. People will be able to park in one of the downtown parking decks and take advantage of free transportation.

Hilton Hotel Asheville Biltmore Park and Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown have been named the official hotel partners of this year's festival. Hilton will offer a package that includes shuttle service, tickets to the Grand Tasting, deluxe overnight accommodations, and a champagne brunch on Sunday ($189 plus tax for two). Hotel Indigo has rates that start at $165 plus tax and is located just one block from the downtown shuttle stop at the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar. Contact information for both hotels is available at www.ashevillewineandfood.com.

Additional sponsors for the second annual WNC Magazine Asheville Wine & Food Festival include The Asheville Club at 151, Biltmore, Clear Channel stations 880 The Revolution and News Radio 570 WWNC, and Ferguson Enterprises and Jenn-Air.

For more information, visit www.ashevillewineandfood.com.

 

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