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29796
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Homeland Park is a neighborhood of historic log cabins and an eclectic mix of residents in Asheville, North Carolina. Originally developed as a mountain resort in the 1930s, Homeland Park was renovated and transformed into a vibrant community.
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29804
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Land protection and conservation are topics that come to mind this time of year when we celebrate Earth Day. Eight professionals from the private and public sectors talk about natural resource issues in Western North Carolina, their outlook for the future, and the best action items for concerned citizens.
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Mountain Springs Cabins is a secluded get-away in Candler, North Carolina, where visitors receive a relaxed vacation in which both nature and nurture play leading roles. Deaf since childhood, Sara Peltier created and ran the cabin rental business for twenty-four years. Her daughter, Kate King, continues Peltier’s legacy and plans to expand the property by adding tree houses, dog accommodations, and recreation areas.
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Spruce Pine Artist Debra Carpenter began to use painting as a form of self-directed therapy to cope with the death of her son in 2002. Of all the paintings displayed in her home studio for the Toe River Arts Council Tour, two are not for sale. The Scream and The Healing both represent the beginning and the ending of her grief, which continues to find its expression in portrayals of whimsical nightmarish paintings.
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29871
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A new exhibit called, Forging Futures: Studio Craft in Western North Carolina, showcases craft artisans who excel in clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood. The exhibition is sponsored by Blue Spiral 1 and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Most of them well known, the artists were selected for their ability to adapt tools, techniques and ideas that transcend traditional notions of craft.
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29868
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Rebecca Kahrs is a watercolor painter and owner of the Dragonfly art gallery in Brevard, North Carolina. She paints flora and fauna of the region, and has produced several videos for people learning how to paint.
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Asheville artist Scott Mills is known for his surreal paintings of nature and animals. In an interview, Mills discusses how his work is derived from the concepts of symbiosis where different organisms work together to benefit each other.
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36564
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The author defined GMOs’ complexity by examining their crisis inducing potential, illustrated by incidents such as an increase in gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, and infertility. People may counter the crisis by endorsing crop variety, advocating small-scale farmers, increasing local food production and consumption, and decreasing fertilizer use. Until the crisis passes, the author recommended avoiding GMOs by growing foods and purchasing certified organic foods. As for the difference between non-GMO and organic, Figart noted organic foods do not contain GMOs and are not exposed to pesticides.
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36559
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Despite being labeled as organic and regarded as more profitable by large poultry producers, the author asserts slower growing chickens is the better breed. Benefits for standard bred heritage chickens: stronger skeletal structure, normal organ development, greater muscle mass and meat texture, and stronger immune systems. Benefits for farmers and consumers are genetic sustainability and better taste, respectively.
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36556
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Bee Branch Farm’s owner expresses a personal investment and interest in Sandy Mush’s farmland conservation efforts. Contributions of this native, ninth generation farmer and former high English teacher, include the Northwest Buncombe County Farm Heritage Trail and her farm’s production of vegetables and honey applying organic practices.
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36551
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At this nonprofit organization, those otherwise classified as living on the fringes of society can find themselves treated as part of the community. Services offered by BeLoved to help generate this perception include assistance with completing job applications; transitional housing for vulnerable populations; food access; children’s enrichment programs; supporting the Rise Up Studio artists collective; and collaborating in homeless rights projects and campaigns.
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36546
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Offering a “hOMe” away from home is Oshun Mountain Sanctuary, a Queen Anne style mansion turned country inn style retreat center. The twenty-five room facility built in 1889 encouraged holistic well-being and connection with nature through activities such as lectures and lodging options of sanctuary rooms and country cottages. The nonprofit also promoted sustainability of its 41 forest acres through a partnership with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
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36482
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For individuals with terminal illnesses, life can be complicated further by having to choose between buying medications and other needs. Helping individuals living with HIV/AIDS is a food pantry that provides more than a way to not choose between medications and groceries. In fact, this food pantry provides more than the household items also on the shelves. Partnering with local hospices, food banks, and nonprofits, Loving Food Resources helps to improve the quality of life remaining for individuals from 16 of the 17 Western North Carolina counties.
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36477
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Illustrating the research-based positive emotional and psychological impact of pet ownership is pet therapy. Involving trained animals contributing to stress reduction in humans, pet therapy takes place in in facilities such as hospitals, correctional institutions, and homeless shelters. Examples of facilities offering pet therapy mentioned are Reuter Children’s Outpatient Hospital and UNC Asheville’s Peers Educating Peers and Advancing Health Program (PEPAH).