We are grateful to our partners for helping to create the vibrant and dynamic community of Asheville and Ashevillage. Many of our partners provide teachers, field trips, and/or other kinds of support for our diverse programs. Thank you!
Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism offers life enhancing skills to impart deep wellness and vitality. Focusing on preventative medicine and sustainable lifestyle, ASHH combines ancient healing traditions with emerging science. Eastern energetics are applied to local plants of N. America’s most botanically diverse region; the Southern Appalachians. Linear lectures in the wellness center classroom and empowering hands on classes at the thirty acre botanical sanctuary allow experiential learning for both sides of the brain.
Bee City USA ™ was established by the Buncombe County Chapter of the NC State Bee Keepers Association as a program of the Center of Honeybee Research. This program encourages leaders to collaborate with local beekeepers and promotes community education on pollinators. Cities involved in Bee City USA endorse standards that create sustainable habitats for pollinators and promote urban beekeeping.
Bountiful Cities is an urban agriculture non-profit founded in 2000. They partner with community groups, focusing on dialogue, trust and community needs, to create urban agricultural spaces. Partnerships emphasize social justice, access to education, sustainability and economic viability. They share agricultural skills and resources to promote social justice and economic viability. Bountiful Cities participates with local, state and national organizations in advocating for their values and practices. They envision abundance and food sovereign communities.
The goal of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine is to teach students how to see in a new way, using the vision of traditional cultures from across the globe including Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and native plant medicine. And ultimately that vision is this – treat the person with the disease, not just the disease the person has. Simply said, but the knowledge, wisdom and intuition behind this paradigm shift take months to learn, and a lifetime of practice.
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine offers classes on traditional bioregional herbalism, botany, wildcrafting, plant identification, wild foods, medicine-making, medicinal herb gardening and ecology. Their mission is to guide students in expanding their plant vision and self-sufficiency.
French Broad Food Co-op is a community owned cooperative that acts as a model of environmentally sustainable business. The Co-op promotes economic and social well being by maximizing the availability of healthy and organic products. They have a strong commitment to community investment and education.
The first of its kind in Asheville, Herban Farmacy aims to strengthen community bonds and connections with our plant friends, through the sharing of knowledge and medicines of plants from our natural world. They offer hand-crafted, local, organic botanical medicine and Herbal Wellness Shares gathered from Western North Carolina.
JB Media Group is a full-service, integrated Internet marketing agency specializing in strategy, advertising, content development and training working with companies both locally and nationally to give focus and character to their online communications in order to establish stronger customer relationships.
Kleiwerks International uses dirt to build communities. They are a global network of ecological design-build specialists that strengthen the lives of people, communities and the natural building movement. They train local leaders, facilitate the construction of projects, and advocate for accessible, natural building.
Lenoir-Rhyne University is a liberal arts university with a Graduate Studies program in Asheville, North Carolina. In pursuit of the development of the whole person, Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world.
MudStrawLove helps people learn about and create shelter that is congruent with their values of health and well-being for themselves and all other life on Earth. They aim to produce natural homes and other structures that bring closer connection and harmony into the lives of everyone involved.
No Taste Like Home‘s Alan Muskat is author of Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment, and is known as the Mushroom Man to thousands of fungi fans. He has popped up on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, The History Channel,PBS, and in The New Yorker, Southern Living, and Country Living. He’s even preached on Voice of America. A graduate of Princeton University, Alan supplies nearly 400 pounds of wild mushrooms a year to over 30 local clients including the Biltmore Estate, The Grove Park Inn and Richmond Hill Inn.
Organic Growers School‘s mission is to advance organic agriculture and sustainable living in the Southern Appalachian region by gathering people to teach, learn and celebrate together. We envision a mutually supportive network of thriving communities and prosperous farmers throughout the Southern Appalachians.
Patchwork Urban Farms is a multi-plot backyard farm in Asheville, seeking to bring resilience and abundance back into our urban and suburban landscapes. Patchwork seeks to create landscapes where farms are nestled into neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and workplaces, providing long-term employment, food access & security, and opportunities for people to connect with the life-systems that support them. All of this, while creating viable farm businesses models that support future farmers.
Pisgah View Community Peace Garden (PVCPG) seeks to provide fresh, local, organic food through their community garden in the public housing area of Pisgah View in West Asheville, NC. In addition, the organization strives to make this food available to elderly, disabled, and homeless populations through its social programs. It has established educational programs to help schools, churches, and youth groups learn about the importance of local sustainable agriculture. The garden is building partnerships with a diversity of organizations and businesses looking to create a healthier Asheville community and healthier planet!
Rise Up Rooted Farm and River Camp is located along the Broad River, south of Black Mountain. It maintains gardens and greenhouses, which are home to nutritious and healthy artisan greens and seasonal produce. Using organic, permaculture principles, we are stewarding 10 acres of a rich riparian zone and floodplain along the trout waters of the Broad River.
Ujamaa Freedom Mobile Market is a worker-owned business that brings healthy food to the areas that need it. Ujamaa means “cooperative economics” in Swahili.
UNC Asheville’s Office of Sustainability has woven sustainability into its strategic plan, setting benchmarks for economic and social sustainability, as well as environmental sustainability across campus.
The West Asheville Tailgate Market is the place to shop on a Tuesday afternoon. The location is the parking lot of the Grace Baptist Church at 718 Haywood Rd. We accept Credit/Debit + EBT Cards. Vendor tables are abundant with an array of vegetables, flowers, fruits, eggs, cheeses, meats, baked goods, fish, herbs, and mushrooms. We also carry plant starts for gardens, soaps, and more! Grab prepared lunch or dinner or take it to go. Live music every week. Learn which produce is in season, and dates for farm dinners and other special events.
Wild Abundance believes that it is possible for humans to live in balance with the web of life. Our goal is to provide people with the education, inspiration, and information necessary to do so. We exist both in the wild and domesticated worlds, marrying innovations from the present day, historical times, and humanity’s deep past in order to present a toolkit for living now as functional human beings. We enhance peoples’ everyday lives by teaching and consulting on skills that we see as intensely relevant, as well as deeply fulfilling and enjoyable.
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Quotes & Testimonials
Natural building is a part of the sustainability movement that is rapidly growing in our world. I love it! I’ll take this knowledge deeper, building and designing projects back home.Shelley Stenzel, Natural Building Apprentice
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”Buckminster Fuller
It was one of the best experiences of my life. Wonderful instructors, beautiful setting and the best brought out of us all. Learning the art and beauty of mixing dirt, clay, straw, bamboo and wood to create nearly any type of structure has been true inspiration.Chris, NBX Participant 2012
We felt honored to stay at Ashevillage (such lovely accommodations!), participate in the life and times of such an exciting place, and get to know you and the community. I feel so fortunate to have shown my daughter alternative lifestyles up close and lively; your openness, gracious ease of accommodation, generosity of spirit, sense of humor, positive outlook and passion for what you do (may I go on? your incredible taste buds and cooking talent, beautiful sense of artistry and love, which bring…Kathy and Kelsey Detwiler
Ashevillage is a great place to learn and grow with a peer group that is very knowledgeable and experienced. What sets them apart from other educational resources is the fact that they have done everything that they teach and can actually show you right in their backyard.Seth McLambEnergy Technician/CoordinatorBuncombe County Schools Maintenance
I came to the Urban Farm School so I could start my own farm project. I’m leaving with the knowledge on how to do that, plus so much more. I will never look at things the same way again, from how we grow food, to policy, to culture and society as a whole.Ollie, UFS Graduate 2013
In Nature’s economy the currency is not money – it is life.Vandana Shiva
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.Rachel Carson
Permaculture land-use ethics invite us to protect intact ecosystems where they remain and, where ecosystems have been destroyed, to help restore them. Permaculture design also suggests that we take care of earth while taking care of people.Juliana Birnbaum Fox
I really appreciated the diversity of the people who are here, the ages, backgrounds, what we were doing before, what we want to do, it’s so fun to be around so many kinds of people who all feel inspired to do something different and change the world.Amber, Natural Building Workshop Participant