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Events for the week of 03/10/2013
Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference
Date: 3/9 - 3/10   click here for website

Time: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: UNC Asheville, NC

A "one-of-a-kind event" that offers classes and hands on workshops on a variety of topics, including starting your first vegetable garden, baking bread, and raising your own goat herd. The mission of OGS is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone wanting to participate. Early Bird Registration ends February 18th.


High Country Winegrower's Association Viticulture Educational Series
Date: 3/11 - 3/11   click here for website

Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Agriculture Conference Center
252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC

Open Mic Night @ Up In Smoke
Date: 3/12 - 3/12   click here for website

Date/Time
Repeats every week until Sun Jun 30 2013 except Tue Nov 20 2012, Tue Dec 25 2012, Tue Jan 01 2013.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 9:00pm


Location
Up In Smoke Hookah Lounge & Retail Store
191 Howard Street
Boone, NC 28607


Description
Do you have what it takes to entertain? To be entertained? Up In Smoke's Open Mic Night is the best place to listen to new comics and musicians trying out their talents to prove they can make it to the top! We have a sign up board at our store if you're interested in participating or if you just want to see the line-up for the next Open Mic Night! For more information check us out on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/upinsmokelounge

Thanks and Smoke Local!

Website
http://www.upinsmokelounge.com
Contact
Name: Eric S Lippert
Email: cs@upinsmokelounge.com
Phone: (828) 386-1500

Sustainable Foods Advisory Council Listening Session
Date: 3/14 - 3/14

Sustainable Foods Advisory Council Listening Session

Thursday March 14th, 2013
Time: 5:00 - 7:00PM
Location: Ashe Family Central, Jefferson, NC
Contact: Debbie Hamrick- debbie.hamrick@ncfb.org

The NC Local Sustainable Foods Advisory Council of NCDA hopes to facilitate the discussion among 15 to 100 growers and regional agricultural professions for the High Country Listening Session.

The Advisory Council plans to invite experts who can answer questions and provide clarification of areas as they arise, such as a staff from NCDA&CS to be able to answer questions, etc., so if you have a burning question related to local foods and related issues, contact Debbie Hamrick.



Downtown Boone Green Business Walking Tour
Date: 3/15 - 3/15   click here for website

Downtown Boone Green Business Walking Tour
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:30am - 10:30am

Boone Chamber everGREEN Committee to sponsor Downtown Boone Green Business Walking Tour. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce invites anyone interested to join them in discovering Downtown Boone in a new light.

Join the Chamber everGREEN Committee as we explore and learn the "green" secrets of four Downtown Boone institutions which are also Watauga Green Business Plan certified.:

Mast Store
Our Daily Bread
Footsloggers
The Green House
At the end, we walk away having seen what some local businesses are doing to operate in a more sustainable way and hopefully with some tips on how we can apply these to our own business and personal practices.

Sponsor: Boone Chamber everGREEN Committee
Contact name: Nancy Reigel
Contact email: nancy@reigelridge.com
Contact telephone: 828.268.0637
Location: 164 Depot Street, Boone NC
Map link: view map
Admission: Free and open to the public

Affordable Permaculture Course Feb - Mar 2013
Date: 3/16 - 3/16   click here for website

Date/Time
Repeats every week until Mon Mar 25 2013 except Sat Feb 16 2013, Sat Mar 09 2013.
7:00am

Location
We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute
283 Coolbrook Road
Union Grove, NC 28689


Description
Get ready for spring planting with an affordable permaculture design course near Boone!

Need ideas to get started? Want to meet like-minded individuals and start the path to living sustainably? Then earn your permaculture design certificate with the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute!

Visit www.weareallfarmers.org to learn more or call 704 592 2557 for more info. Payment plans available. We look forward to seeing you!

The We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute is a North Carolina non-profit devoted to helping people in the Appalachian-Piedmont become more responsible for their food. We also conduct three free workshops a year for regional non-profits.

Here is what people are saying about working with We Are All Farmers:

The on site, two day workshop facilitated by We Are All Farmers was an excellent addition to our community garden project. Intensive discussions, critical perspectives and hands-on work helped us to really begin to move toward more organized and strategic agricultural production. We were able to take all of the information and suggestions provided and develop our own, long term place-based solutions for our garden space. It’s amazing, for me, how an objective perspective can broaden a collective vision for land.

William Isom II
Volunteer Coordinator
The Birdhouse
Knoxville, Tennessee

I wanted to say thank you again for the four PDC weekends we have had so far. I have found them to not only be very informative, but also transforming. The opportunity to learn in a diverse, relaxed atmosphere, with individuals from all walks of life, has been beyond wonderful. I feel that everything we have learned to date is directly applicable to improving the quality of not only our surroundings, but also the interactions we have with others. Your farm is an amazing place, and the PDC will always be very important to me.

–Brian K.

Website
http://weareallfarmers.org/?page_id=866
Contact
Name: Edward Marshall
Email: weareallfarmers@gmail.com
Phone: (704) 592-2557

Seed Swap and Grower's School
Date: 3/16 - 3/16   click here for website

Saturday March 16th, 2013
Time: 8:30AM - 1:30PM

Location: Ashe Family Central, West Jefferson, NC

This event is free and open to all interested gardeners and farmers in the region.
The day will consist of:
-An open exchange of seeds
-A Seed-saving workshop by professional seed-grower Holly Whitesides.
-A grafting workshop and fruit-scion-wood exchange led by Ron & Suzanne Joyner.

Your Participation is crucial in making this event great - the more participants who bring seeds to share, the better the Swap will be!

For more information, visit
http://watauga.ces.ncsu.edu/spotlight/high-country-seed-swap-growers-school/

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