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Studies conducted at North Carolina State University indicate that wood can be used as the sole curing fuel for bulk tobacco barns. Tobacco uses roughly one half of North Carolina’s agricultural energy, excluding livestock. Meanwhile, it has been estimated that North Carolina forests annually produce more than enough wood to cure the total crop.
Mother Earth News is a widely read magazine on natural living, organic gardening, solar energy and other sustainable practices. The organization’s managers are developing an “Eco Village” for its headquarters in Hendersonville. The village will feature two solar greenhouses, a farm, camping sites, picnic areas, and nature trails.
Watauga County has been designated by the United States Department of Energy as the nation’s first energy-conservation and development area. If the county achieves the program’s goal, it will serve as a model for the country of how areas can become less dependent on foreign energy sources. Several grants will be used to install wind generators, increase energy efficiency, and provide training for high school teachers on energy problems and alternative energy sources.
The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Handicapped in Raleigh, with a small branch in Charlotte, provides the state’s blind and handicapped with reading material ranging from the classics to current magazines recorded on disks or tape. There is also a braille collection and books printed in large type. These services began as part of the Library of Congress’ “talking books” program.