The Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council Potluck is hosting a gathering with Green Drinks at Hickory Nut Gap Farm coming up Wednesday, August 21 from 6-8pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring a local potluck dish to share and silverware for personal use.
The celebration will take place at Hickory Nut Gap Farm's outdoor pavilion, near the farm store, at 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview, NC 28730.
Successes to Date:
• Drafting a Food Action Plan in collaboration with the City of Asheville’s Office
of Sustainability that has been incorporated into the City’s sustainability plan.
The City has made progress in implementing the Plan in a number of ways,
including partnering with the Fruit & Nut Club and the Asheville Men’s Garden
Club to plant edibles, berry bushes, and nut trees at city parks. The City is
also conducting a compost feasibility study with Buncombe County.
• Supporting work that changed zoning rules to allow farmers' markets in
residentially zoned areas in Asheville. Since passage, three new markets have
emerged. This spring the City also lowered the fees for farmers markets and shortened the
fee approval process to 3 days.
• Initiating a process to lease city-owned land for agricultural uses.
• Supporting community and city efforts to designate Asheville as the first Bee
• Hosting and participating in a variety of events to raise awareness and educate community
members and partners about food issues in Buncombe County, including: Hack for Food, Organic Growers School Conference, March Against Monsanto, Pollinator Week, a
forum to address emergency food supply needs that was attended by Buncombe
County Emergency Management, the City of Asheville Fire Department, MANNA,
YWCA, and others; and a “Who's Who in Local Food” event at UNCA that
featured 14 organizations and had more than 80 attendees.
The ABFPC is beginning to look into working at the County level to identify how we can support
implementation of the County’s Sustainability Plan and support food security, food access, and food production. All individuals, farmers, small businesses, and groups throughout Buncombe County are invited to participate in discussions.
Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council is a group of community members working together to identify and propose innovative solutions to spur local economic development and support environmentally-sustainable and socially-just food systems.
Hickory Nut Gap Farm offers humanely-raised grassfed beef, pastured pork and poultry, with ten acres of certified organic apples, blackberries, raspberries, black raspberries and asparagus. In spring 2009, a permanent conservation easement was placed on the farm's 350 acres of working farmland. This easement will preserve the integrity of Hickory Nut Gap Farm as a working farm for generations to come.
Asheville Green Drinks is a networking party and part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement that connects local communities with environmental ideas, media and action. All over the world people who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink and occasionally listen to an expert in environment, ecology, and/or social justice. Asheville Green Drinks meets weekly on Wednesdays.