23 January 2015

Kill the K-Cup

Image Courtest of m01229 via Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/39908901@N06/
So this feels a little hypocritical as I finish off my second cup of coffee from the Keurig, but this is a pretty unique take on the K-cup problem.  If you're interested, here's an article regarding the waste problem with K-cups.  The article says it all, but it's a little distressing to take a compostable consumer product and lock it away in non-recyclable plastic cups in a way that maximizes the product's waste stream.

20 January 2015

Nest-spresso - Finally Urban Farming for the Urbanite on the Go!

No more endless hours of incubation and failed attempts.  It's the Keurig of urban farming.

The Experience of a Gentrifying Neighborhood

Probably one of the best done SNL skits I've seen in a while.

09 September 2014

Organicfest Offers View of Organic Lifestyle

Organicfest took place on the Roger McGuire Green of Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Sunday, September 7.  The event hosted a number of booths featuring area organic purveyors and health and wellness specialist.  The family-friendly event offered a sampling of local organic products (my personal favorite was the coconut bacon from Coconut Organics) and kid-friendly activities (hoola hoops, weaving, seed ball making and music).  Several craft vendors were also on hand with fair trade and organically themed items.

Bee City USA organized a “Pollinator Parade” which wound its way through Organicfest as an effort to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and their declining populations.

This year marked the 13th anniversary of Organicfest which is intended to educate “consumers about the ways in which it is possible to choose organic when it comes to both edible and non-edible products.”

03 September 2014

Hickory Nut Gap Farm - Fall Season

Hickory Nut Gap Farm kicked off its fall season activities over the weekend (their fall season will run through November 2, 2014).  The farm has a blanket admission ($7 a person or free for kids two and under) which includes access to the corn maze, tricycle race track, tire swings, culvert slides, and a whole slew of baby animals.  Hay rides, horse rides, and kiddie carts are also available for $5 a person.

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day to visit the farm with gorgeous weather and generally low crowds.  Animals on display included goats (with a loft set up that you have to see for yourself), baby chicks, horses, and turkeys.  The culvert slides were a hit with my girls (ages 3 and 4) and the tricycle track was a big hit with everyone involved.

It looked like we were some of the first people through the corn maze (which proved to be a little more challenging than it originally looked!).  Farm trivia helps orient the wandering hoards through the maze, and a wrong answer will result in some back tracking.  The girls had fun in the maze, but hitting it after several hours on the farm was a mistake on our part as exhaustion was starting to set in.

In addition to the featured attractions, Hickory Nut Gap Farm has several nice places to enjoy a picnic lunch (including picnic tables right by the creek).  The Vieux Carre food truck was on hand to serve up cajun and creole cuisine while we were there and the farm store had fresh apples, ciders, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm meats available for purchase.  There were also a number of other items available for other area food producers available at the farm store.  The girls spent most of their time hanging out in the creek on the way to the farm maze, taking time to wade around and get some relief from the hot weather.

I’d definitely recommend the trip out to Hickory Nut Gap Farms, we had a blast and I also got to enjoy the solace that comes along with an exhausted three and four year old (i.e. nap time was a rare success).  Schedule a couple of hours so that you’re not rushed while you’re there.