Thursday, April 5th

Owners save 5%

Tuesday, April 10th

Earth Cooling Tubes for Ventilation and Climate Control

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how you can take advantage of the soil’s moderating temperatures for cooling and passive climate control in buildings, workshops, and more. Living Web Farms’ Black Soldier Fly breeding facility uses the energy of the sun and the heat capacity stored in the earth’s subsoil to create a controlled inside climate with minimal or no energy input.

Richard Freudenberger, LWF’s Energy and Resource Coordinator, will explain how the system works, what materials are used, and what factors you need to know before embarking on a project of your own. We’ll look at siting, costs, calculations, limitations, and what does and does not work with real world expectations.

Venue:   Living Web Farms Biochar Facility

Address:  220 Grandview Lane, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 28791, United States

Saturday, April 14th

April Homestead Tour in West Asheville

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Organic Growers School’s new series of Homestead Tours showcases how home-growers in Western North Carolina (WNC) are transforming their land into thriving, productive, and resilient ecosystems. Our goal is to inspire you to embark on your own homesteading journey by providing an opportunity to tour a working homestead. Tours occur once per month, each time at a different homestead, and they are always followed by an optional group potluck!

Kelly Lockamy owns Cedar Spring Farm in West Asheville, where she grows a variety of medicinal herbs and perennial vegetables, cultivates mushrooms, raises chickens, keeps bees, and is experimenting with flower production. Kelly uses permaculture design principles in her gardens and spring-fed pond, and her home features a solar shower and indoor composting toilet. Kelly has also hosted WWOOF interns for the last three years, and she welcomes AirBnB guests to stay in a renovated apartment adjacent to her home.

Saturday, April 21st

Saturday, April 21st

Assessing Soil Health on your Farm with a Microscope

1:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The most essential question for the farmer to ask about his or her soil: Is it alive?

In this workshop, we will look at soil samples from participant’s farms, and assess qualitatively the effect of the microorganisms we see on the farm ecosystem. We will look for diversity first and foremost, and explain the importance of a dynamic soil food web. Using a projector the class will learn from viewing multiple different local samples, and if it isn’t their own soil being tested, will be able to take information gathered at the event back home to put to use in their own soil building strategies.

Members of WNC-CRAFT are encouraged to attend, and we have listed a special ticket option for you.

Participants wishing to bring soil samples should indicate as such on their registration form. We will limit the pool of samples to 10, with preference given to those who register first.

To collect a sample, use an apple corer to take a representative sample of one area you would like to assess. Combine all samples in a bag, mix, and then bring about 2 tablespoons of the mixture to class. You can bring your sample in a jar or a plastic bag. Please be sure to gather your sample right before the class, when the weather is warmest.

Venue:   Mills River Educational Farm
Venue Phone: 828.891.4497
176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, North Carolina, 28759, United States

Saturday, April 21st

How to stay Healthy this Spring with Ayurveda – Hendersonville Community Co-op

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tish Hilyer ~ a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor

$20 fee/ $15 owners

Spring is a time of awakening, of growth & new beginnings. It is also the ideal time of year to cleanse, an opportunity to release those things that are no longer beneficial to reaching our fullest potential. It is a powerful time to reset our intentions to live healthier and happier lives.

Ayurveda offers diet and lifestyle tips for the Spring, to support the journey toward optimal health & wellbeing.

Owner discount code: AWAKE

Payment at the cash register only in the store.

Sunday, April 22nd

Plant Based Nutrition ~ Hendersonville Community Co-op
Anti-inflammatory Properties of Fruits & Vegetables

$15 owners/ $20 non-owners
*For Owner Discount, use CODE: PLANTBASE

Learn how to find your own plant-based eating style that’s healthy, delicious and sustainable. In addition to lowering inflammation, a more natural, less processed diet can have noticeable effects on your physical and emotional health. Carol will explain how following a plant-based diet and lifestyle is optimal for good health-including the prevention and reversal of chronic disease.

Food as Medicine Series: Explore the Anti-inflammatory Properties of Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, and Healthy Fats ~ April 22, 2018 – Vegetables and fruits are abundant in vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to help minimize the affects of aging and poor health. Culinary food demonstration, taste testing and healthy delicious recipes included. Soy foods will also be discussed in this session.

Follow this link to pre-register.  You will not be asked to pay.  Just save your seat in the class.

$15 owners/ $20 non-owners. Owners discount code: PLANTBASE

Tuesday, April 24th

WNC Repair Cafe

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WNC Repair Cafe is a place where you’ll find volunteers with tools and supplies, available to fix broken objects while offering instruction in the form of hands on help. This is a free program where you are encouraged to bring in your broken appliance, stuck zipper, rusty tools, old bicycle, dull pruning shears – whatever you can imagine – and work with our volunteers to make the necessary repairs to keep it running.

Repair Cafes across the world have helped build resilient communities by offering access to hands on experience in the art of repair. At WNC Repair Cafe we’ll gather volunteers from the area for an evening of helping a neighbor, learning by doing, sharing ideas and reducing waste.

Follow WNC Repair Cafe on Facebook!

Need more information? Contact Dan Hettinger


FBFC Board Meetings

Board meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of each month upstairs in the MLC.

Meetings begin at 5:30, owner comment period begins at 5:40.