ECO’s Sustainable Living Workshops and annual Green Home Tour are taking on a new, exciting focus in 2014 by highlighting edible gardens as well as green home features. Coordinating the workshops and tour will provide more opportunities for the community to learn and see sustainable practices for sourcing their food. The workshops will be sequenced to follow the gardening cycle from winter through spring, summer and fall. The Tour will be held August 9, 2014 to showcase what homeowners have done with their gardens.
Eighteen participants enjoyed the February 6 workshop, “Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden,” taught by Debbie Lienhart of Useful Plants Nursery at Biz611, just in time for ECO’s Heritage Tree Sale pick-up on 2/8/2014 from 9-12 at 611 N. Church Street.
Designing Your Edible Garden
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at NC Cooperative Extension in Jackson Park. Kerrie Roach will take gardeners through the steps to designing your very own edible garden. This class will be geared toward new or novice gardeners, but will also be a great refresher for seasoned gardeners. Kerrie will discuss many topics, including planning and locating your garden, the size of your garden, what type of garden will suit you and your lifestyle, soil requirements, plant preferences, and much more. Kerrie Roach is a Henderson County Horticulture Extension Agent for Commercial and Consumer Horticulture and is responsible for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.
Vermicomposting with the Mystics - 101
Wednesday March 26, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the ECO office taught by Diane Rhoades. Understand the expansive and vital role that worms play in soil health, human health, and in our mindful consideration of what is worth cultivating. Diane will walk you through the dynamics of successful composting with worms. Raising worms is a gateway activity to enlightenment, vitality, and combating cultural ridiculousness. Class limited to 12 – advanced registration is required. Diane Rhoades, author of Garden Crafts with Kids, has been raising worms for over 25 years and credits her senior athleticism to the worms.
Watch for announcements of workshops in the spring, summer, and fall.
The Henderson County Heritage Museum is asking for photographs or other artifacts area residents might have concerning Henderson County’s World War II Prisoner of War Camps. These camps housed captured German soldiers who worked on area farms. Items may be donated to the Museum or given “on loan” for use in the Museum’s Veterans Hall.
The Museum has established a large display of military artifacts to honor this area’s military men and women who have served in times of war. The display, known as Veterans Hall is in a large corridor, outside the Veteran’s Services Office in the Human Services Building at 1200 Spartanburg Highway. There currently is an informational placard with one photo, but the Museum would like to be able to make more information available.
“We are also interested in hearing any eye-witness stories about the camps and their residents – perhaps something that’s been passed down from grandmother or grandfather,” said Carolyn Justus, who chairs the Museum’s Board of Directors.
The Heritage Museum is located in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm, and on Sunday from 1pm-5pm. There is no charge for admission. For more information about the museum, visit www.hendersoncountymuseum.org.
Blue Ridge Literacy Council (BRLC) is seeking adult volunteers interested in becoming tutors and helping Henderson County adults learn or enhance their reading, writing and spoken English skills. Teaching experience or knowledge of another language is not required.
Tutors are matched with students and meet twice a week for 1½ hours. Volunteers must also complete a 10 hour training workshop and be at least 18 years of age.
An orientation for potential volunteers will be held onat the BRLC offices on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. For more information or to register, please call 696-3811.
The mission of Blue Ridge Literacy Council is to provide adults in Henderson County the English communication and literacy skills they need to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens. For more information or to become a volunteer tutor or student, or to donate call 828-696-3811; write BRLC at PO Box 1728, Hendersonville, NC 28793; or visit online at www.litcouncil.org.
The Historic Johnson Farm is continuing its successful noontime series of
activities designed to relieve cabin fever, which allows participants to share
and expand friendships. This year we are
highlighting travel as well as backyard activities. Join us for one
or all four of the noontime
Participants should bring their own bagged lunch and the volunteers at
the farm will provide beverages and a delectable dessert to enjoy while taking
part in the day’s activity.
Each session begins at and is only $5.00. If you wish, you can
come early at
and take a guided tour the historic farmhouse and grounds for just an extra
$2.00 before the program begins. Please call for reservations 828-891-6585 so
there is enough of our delicious dessert to go around. The farm is
located at 3346 Haywood Road,
Hendersonville, NC 28791, across from the Rugby Middle School.
“LUNCH’N LEARN” – Antique
Tools A hands- on in depth review and discussion of a wide selection of
antique tools accumulated by local collector, Mr. Tony Taddeo. He
will bring tools you never saw before;
handy items that were used to make jobs easier before the advent of power
tools. Bring your lunch, beverages and
dessert provided. Fee is $5.00 per person
February 18, 2014
Noon – “LUNCH’N LEARN” Keeping Bees Safely
Listen to bee keeper Stuart Van Meter to learn how to keep bees and
harvest honey for your own use. Bring your lunch, beverages and dessert
provided. Fee is $5.00 per person.
– “LUNCH’N LEARN”
Johnson Farm Firsts. A fascinating peek at life on the Johnson
Farm as the family became the FIRST in this truly rural mountain area to own a
radio, get indoor plumbing, electrify their home, get a telephone and
more. Bring your lunch, beverages and
dessert provided. Fee is $5.00 per person.
March 18, 2014 at 11:30
AM - “LUNCH’N LEARN”
Ready, Set Garden! Gardening in these Mountains. The volunteer
gardeners of Historic Johnson Farm will discuss a variety of gardening tips including soil preparation, the best time to fertilize, selecting perennials suited for this area and the best time of year to plant each variety. This Lunch N Learn session includes a brief walking tour of the flower gardens at the farm. Bring your lunch, beverages and dessert provided. Fee is $5.00 per person.
- “LUNCH’N LEARN” Attracting
Hummingbirds. A representative from Valley Agriculture will
be on hand to give expert advice on attracting these fascinating birds to your
home garden. Bring your lunch, beverages and dessert provided. Fee is
$5.00 per person.
The farm is open Tuesday-Friday from 8:00 AM to
2:30 PM. There is no charge to walk the
grounds. You can enjoy one of the guided
tours of the brick farmhouse, boardinghouse and other buildings which
is available at at $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and preschoolers are free.
Historic Johnson Farm is a heritage education
center owned by Henderson County Public Schools and managed by the non-profit
Henderson County Education Foundation, Inc. It depends on public support to
operate. The farm was a gift to the public schools by the late Vernon and
Leander Johnson. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a NC Cultural Treasure.
The Historic Johnson Farm is an interesting and
entertaining place to visit with your friends and family, visitors and
grandchildren. The donkeys and sheep
will always welcome visitors. The farm
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features the oldest
brick home in Henderson County, 11 historic structures, animals, nature trails,
picnic tables, and 15 acres of forest fields and streams. The tours include a
visit with the Heritage Weavers who currently occupy the former boarding
house. They offer a variety of classes in fiber arts.
The farm is located at 3346 Haywood Road,
Hendersonville, NC 28791, across from the Rugby Middle School. Phone
is 828-891-6585. (www.historicjohnsonfarm.org)