Friday, April 01, 2005

Asheville = Herb Heaven! 

Around the Greater Asheville area, some say they are in "Herb Heaven".

Herb farms are proliferating in the welcoming mountains around Asheville's Buncombe County and in Madison County to the north. The land and more particularly the lay of the land is wonderful for growing all kinds of herbs. With a mounting interest in both the medicinal uses of herbs, as well a renewed recognition of their culinary appeal, our "Appalachian Paradise" attracts thousands of herb enthusiasts who may come to visit but end up choosing to make Western North Carolina their home.

As their real estate professional with Eco-STEWARD Realty, Inc. , I traverse the Appalachian farmlands, my trusty dog at my side. He has a "real nose" for this kind of thing. (I'm smiling.) We enjoy searching out properties on which to develop herb farms, always with a focus on organic gardening.

This year the Farmer's Market will fill with the sweet smell of herbs and herbal products as the Herbfest comes to Ahsville the first week of May. This is the largest festival of its kind in the entire Southeast. This year too, master gardeners and herb specialists will be available to answer questions and offer tips while shoppers browse through a variety of plants, take home ideas for culinary creations or discover a multitude of gifts from essential oils to dried herb decorations. (see below for details)

If you chose to come then, make your appointment with me EARLY if you are ready to invest in an herb farm!


May 6 -8. Asheville, North Carolina Send to a Friend The Western North Carolina Spring Herb Festival at the WNC Farmer's Market will include a wide selection of herb plants, as well as herb crafts, books, soaps, teas, salves, baked goods and more. Education programs and herb information will also be offered by master gardeners. Admission is free. Contact: WNC Spring Herb Festival, P.O. Box 103, Mars Hill, NC 28754Phone: (828) 689-5974URL: http://www.wncherbfestival.com


June 4 -6. Black Mountain, North Carolina Send to a Friend The annual symposium on herbal medicine at Blue Ridge Assembly near Asheville, North Carolina, will include workshops on the following topics and more: childhood obesity, osteopenia, pain management, muskulo-skeletal health, early Alzheimer's, cardiovascular case histories, cancer prevention, clinical Ayurveda, environmental causes of thyroid dysfunction, and an herb contraindications update. CE credit available for health professionals. Contact: Blue Ridge AssemblyPhone: (800) 252-0688URL: http://www.botanicalmedicine.org

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