Tues, July 21 6:30pm – 9:00pm
With Jackie Dobrinska, The Herbal Yogini
Learn how to address some common chronic health concerns using lifestyle and plant medicine. Investigating powerful, practical tools, we’ll look at abundant plant allies that have been used to address issues such as poor digestion and insomnia to low immunity and compromised vitality. We will primarily be focusing on herb allies and how to use them appropriately, utilizing herbs growing in The Lord’s Acre Medicinal Herb Garden.
INCLUDES PLANT WALK IN MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN.
We will meet in Fairview at THE LORD’s ACRE.
EVENT FREE but $10 suggested donation makes it more sustainable.
Email Jackie at email@example.com or call 828-337-2737.
Some of the best folks you’ll ever meet with huge hearts, sharp minds and willing backs who have created a bridge for veterans returning to civilian life. All right here in Hendersonville, NC.
Veterans Healing Farm is a non-profit community farm based and operated in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Their mission is to aid veterans reintegrating into civilian life by growing produce, raising farm animals, and conducting seminars on holistic health and sustainability.
Veterans Healing Farm helps to create thriving micro-communities of veterans and civilians who build deep friendships, implement innovative gardening techniques, and foster physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
A few helpful tips to give you a hand for your own organic gardening projects.
1. If you can not use finished compost for a while, cover the pile with a tarp to avoid leaching the nutrients out of the compost.
2. Companion planting is an excellent way to improve your garden. Some plants replenish nutrients lost by another one, and some combinations effectively keep pests away.
3. Dry your herbs at the end of the summer by tying sprigs together to form small bunches. Tie them together with a rubber band and hang, tips down, in a dry place out of the sun. Keep the bunches small to ensure even circulation. Store dry in labeled canning jars, either whole or crumbled. Freezing is also a good way to preserve herbs.
4. Water in the morning to help avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that are often spread by high humidity.
5. The longer the growing season, the more compost is needed in the soil. A longer growing season requires more nutrients and organic matter in the soil.
6. Coffee grounds make excellent mulch around acid-loving plants.
7. Attract ladybugs to your garden with nectar-producing plants such as parsley, dill, and fennel.
8. In general, thinner leaved plants need more water to stay alive, thicker leaved plants need less.
9. Make compost tea by mixing equal parts compost and water and let it sit. Pour this liquid directly onto the soil around healthy, growing plants. Dilute this to 4 parts water to 1 part compost for use on smaller seedlings. Any compost that has not gone into solution can be used to make more tea or used in your garden.
10. New beds require plenty of compost, soil amendments and double digging for that extra kick.
11. Keep dirt off lettuce and cabbage leaves when growing by spreading a 1-2 inch layer of mulch (untreated by pesticides or fertilizers) around each plant. This also helps keep the weeds down.
12. Bats are a great form of natural pest control. Many in North America feed exclusively on insects and eat more than birds and bug zappers combined.
13. Milk jugs, soda bottles and other plastic containers make great mini-covers to place over your plants and protect them from frost.
14. Less than 2 percent of the insects in the world are harmful. Most are beneficial.
15. Pinching off flowers frequently encourage most annuals to flower more abundantly.
16. Avoid using railroad ties in or around your vegetable garden; the chemicals used as preservatives are now thought to be toxic and harmful.
17. When watering, try to water deeply and thoroughly. Frequent, shallow waterings train your plants to keep their roots near the surface, making them less hardy and more likely to suffer when deprived of water.
Water Wisely! Wet leaves, especially in the afternoon or evening hours, can attract disease. Avoid watering your plants with a sprinkler. Instead, use a water-saving soaker hose to deliver water directly to the roots.
18. Rotate your crops each year to help reduce pest and disease problems, as well as correct nutrient deficiencies and excesses.
19. Pest management begins with healthy soil. It produces healthy plants, which are better able to withstand disease and insect damage.
20. Diatomaceous earth makes an excellent organic insecticide – it is an abrasive white powder used to damage the cuticle, skin and joints of insects. It also makes an excellent slug barrier.
21. Botanical insecticides are plant derivatives, and can be more toxic than some synthetics. They are, however, better in the long run because they break down rapidly and do not accumulate in the food chain as synthetics do.
22. Once a seed sprouts it must be kept watered. If it dries out, it dies. If seeds are lightly covered with soil, they may need to be gently sprinkled with water once or twice a day to keep them moist.
23. Earthworms are extremely beneficial to the soil and plants, increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do everything you can to encourage earthworms in your soil.
24. A garden soil that has been well mulched and amended periodically requires only about a 1 inch layer of compost yearly to maintain its quality.
25. Wash the harvest – Collect your produce in an old laundry basket. The basket acts as a strainer, allowing you to quickly rinse off dirt and debris from veggies and fruits.
25. For an organic approach to pest control, build up your soil to encourage healthy microbes and other soil microorganisms, and earthworms. Healthy soil means healthy plants that are better able to resist pests and disease, thus reducing the need for harmful pesticides.
26. Plants you can add to your garden for attracting beneficial insects. These good guys in the garden attack insect pests such as aphids and tomato hornworms. Don’t worry about these good bugs: Most types are small enough that you’ll hardly notice them in the garden.
Angelica, Baby’s Breath, Bachelor’s Button, Black-eyed Susan, Blue Lace Flower, Cleome, Cosmos, Daisy, Golden Marguerite, Marigold, Nasturtium, Peonies, Purple Coneflower, Salvia, Sunflower, Yarrow, White Sweetclover, Zinnia
THE FAIRVIEW WELCOME TABLE is about bringing our community together around a home cooked meal (lunch) each week on Thursdays between 11:30 – 1:00 up the hill from the Fairview Library, in the basement of Fairview Christian Fellowship.
John Crognoli, a retire chef from California, brought the concept here a decade or so ago and there are half a dozen such community meals in and around the Asheville area, each unique to the community it serves.
The goal of Welcome Tables is to bring neighbors together. Everyone is encouraged to come for this pay-what-you-can-if-you-can meal served on china and tablecloths with fresh flowers weekly and the opportunity to get to know your neighbors.
Since its inception, the Fairview Welcome Table has fed an average of 74 people each week at Fairview Christian Fellowship, which generously donates its fellowship hall and kitchen space.
The local community garden (The Lord’s Acre), Flying Cloud Farm, Hickory Nut Gap Farm and other area farms have donated thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables. To date, a total of approximately 14,000 meals have been served.
Visit Local Gardens That Give Away Produce to those in need of food
MOST gardens – 8:00 – 12:00 Saturday June 6th
Suggested donation $5/person for entire tour
List of Public Tour Gardens
• Grace Covenant Community Garden, 798 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804 Nancy Hogan firstname.lastname@example.org and Terri March Terri.March@buncombecounty.org are the contacts
The Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Community Garden is a three season garden spanning the months of spring, summer and fall. The garden is planned, planted, tended and harvested by vested gardeners from Grace Covenant church and from nearby neighborhoods. The garden is nurtured by 5 teams who work on an alternate basis with 2 teams minding the garden each week; the 5th team tends the herbs. About 75% of the vegetables produced by the garden are donated to community agencies and organizations who work to ease the pains of those who are hungry and in need of better nutrition. http://www.gcpcusa.org/#/our-community-garden
• Love & Fishes – ONLY OPEN FROM 9 – 11 297 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801 (Downtown Asheville area across from Hunter Volvo on Patton Haywood Street Congregation Church is an old small red brick church The Love and Fishes Garden is behind the church) Contact person is Lynne Michael @ email@example.com
The ‘Love and Fishes Bountiful Garden’ is a sacred space where folks come together for a common purpose — to make fresh, organic produce available to all who gather at the Downtown Welcome Table and those visiting Haywood Street who have limited access to fresh produce. Barriers that commonly divide people from different backgrounds or with different life circumstances disappear when they work side by side in the garden. Strangers quickly become friends. It is in these unlikely friendships that we catch glimpses of God’s kingdom!
• The Kenilworth Church Giving Garden, at Kenilworth Church – 123 Kenilworth Rd. Asheville 28803. Katie Adams is the contact person. KENILWORTH OPEN FROM !0:00 – 1:00 due to food firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kenilworth Garden Project is a farm to table initiative to serve the clients of Loving Food Resources. . Loving Food Resources serves patients living with HIV/AIDS and anyone in hospice care in all seventeen WNC counties. It is our hope that by growing and distributing nutritious food from the same location more hungry people will be served. The garden was founded in 2011 and has donated over 2,000 pounds of food. If you work in the garden you also get to share in the bounty of the garden! It is a win/win situation… Feed your family and feed the hungry in our community. If you would like to volunteer in the garden, or have questions, please contact Katie Adams 828-273-3747 orwww.kenilworthchurch.org
EAST & SOUTH EAST
• Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, Dr. John Wilson Community Garden is located at 99 White Pine Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Contacts: Diana McCall, Garden Supervisor, email@example.com
828-337-8932 or Jill Edwards, Health Services Programs Administrator
Started in 2004 by town resident Dr. John Wilson on town owned property, the community garden strives to share fresh produce with families in need, provide growing space for the community, and educate all ages on the benefits of growing and eating fresh produce. In addition to the area used for annual vegetable production, the garden maintains a medicinal and native species trail, mushroom forest, and nearly 100 fruit and nut trees and shrubs. http://www.nccgp.org/…/inf…/dr.-john-wilson-community-garden
• The Lord’s Acre, 26 Joe Jenkins Road, Fairview, NC 28730. Susan Sides is the contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-628-3688
The Lord’s Acre began in 2009 with a group of concerned citizens who wanted to provide fresh food for their local food pantry. Since then we’ve expanded our acreage under production, trained 19 interns, added a SPROUTS program for young children, offer creative ways for folks to do service in their community, conducted a community food survey, began a Share-the-Harvest market, provide our local Welcome Table with food, and more. Our motto is: “There are many types of hunger. Everyone is hungry for something. Everyone has something to give.” It’s our hope to create and inspire innovative ways of bringing community together around food and gardening, thereby strengthening neighbor-to-neighbor bonds that will provide a lasting solution to hunger. www.thelordsacre.org
• The Sand Hill Community Garden, is located at the Buncombe County Sports Park on Sand Hill School Road. Elaine Sargent is the contact person: email: email@example.com phone: 828-808-2645
The mission of Sand Hill Community Garden is to share in garden space, knowledge, and labor with all members of the community. Using organic growing practices we promote community health and wellness by providing fresh produce for garden members and local people in need of food. The garden is sponsored by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation and is located at the Buncombe County Sports Park on Sand Hill School Road. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sand-Hill-Community-Garden/398036656887147
Veterans Healing Farm is a nonprofit community farm whose mission is to aid veterans reintegrating into civilian life by growing produce, raising farm animals, and conducting seminars on holistic health and sustainability. We foster a thriving micro-community of veterans and civilians who build deep friendships, implement innovative gardening techniques and help cultivate emotional, physical and spiritual health. The goal is to personally empower vets through the realization that their own efforts and contributions are important to our community.
First Congregational United Church of Christ is located at the corner of 5th Avenue West and White Pine in Hendersonville. It is about a one acre vegetable garden on church property. A spring on the site is used to pump water for the sprinkler system. A local beekeeper keeps a hive of bees and we grow vegetables including cabbage, squash, collards, okra, beans and potatoes. We start many of our own seeds in a small greenhouse and our produce is donated to IAM (Interfaith Assistance Ministry) and Hendersonville Rescue Mission. The garden is maintained by two dedicated church members with regular assistance from several other members.
The air in the atmosphere is 78% nitrogen. Plants require nitrogen to grow, but they can’t process the inert nitrogen gas in the sky. It takes an enormous blast of energy to break apart those nitrogen molecules and convert them to a compound that plants can use.
This is where lightning comes into play. A lightning bolt is 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the sun, and contains up to a billion volts of electricity. A single lightning bolt can stretch for miles as it tears apart the sky with its power.
The unbridled energy of lightning shatters the nitrogen molecules in the air. Some of the free nitrogen atoms combine with oxygen to form compounds called nitrates that mix with the rain.
These nitrates are a powerful natural fertilizer. Raindrops carry the nitrates to the ground in a soluble form that plants can absorb. The rain gives its water to the thirsty land, but it is the lightning that adds fertilizer. We can water our gardens ten times and not do as much good as one lightning-charged rainstorm.