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SusanneAndAmandaAsheville Ability Arts Fair
Friday, March 22, 2013 4pm‐8pm

The focus of this event is to Expand the Conversation: on disability awareness, the arts, and community services.  It’s free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Location: Lenoir Rhyne University at the Chamber of Commerce

Everyone is welcome!  Families with their children, individuals with disabilities, teachers, students, service provider staff, and all community members are warmly invited to an entertaining and educational evening!

Performances and Presentations, plus much more:

  • Storytelling: Narrative of Late Deafness, by Laura Hope‐Gill
  • Expressive arts: Puppets, poetry reading, theater performance
  • Films: Shorts and a documentary on inclusive theater
  • Artists with a disability exhibiting their work
  • Service providers sharing information on their programs

All events are on the 3rd floor of the Visitors Center, which is fully accessible.
A sign‐language interpreter will be available.
For more info, or to apply for a service‐provider table

Lenoir‐Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies
36 Montford Ave., 3rd Floor, Asheville, NC 28801

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A loosely estimated 800 people came out last night to meet New Belgium co-workers and partners who are supporting the process of building the brewery and improving infrastructure in our community.  Partners presented their collaborations with New Belgium around: bicyclist/pedestrian infrastructure, stream best management practices (BMPs), brownfield development, re-purposing deconstructed materials, bus shelters, spent grain re-use to support farmers and innovative technology, as well as the nuts and bolts of brewery design and truck routing.

The room was full to the gills at Isis Restaurant + Music Hall and if you weren’t able to get to the event or had a difficult time accessing information, here is a list of partners and summary of how they are working with New Belgium.  See this story and video from the Asheville Citizen Times as well.


Old World Architectural + Salvage Company

Old World created a thorough inventory of all reusable materials on the site and suggested applications for reuse. The Asheville-based business is responsible for overseeing the deconstruction process, making sure materials are removed and stored in such a manner that they can be reused in the New Belgium Liquid Center, bus shelters and future community projects.

WNC Communities

New Belgium has committed to sell their spent grain to WNC Communities at below market prices in order to enable them to create a Regional Brewers Grain Alliance to collect brewers spent grain, deliver to local small family farmers at below market prices.  Overall goal—to preserve small family farms by subsidizing their feed costs and freeing up land to grow cash crops of greater value than cattle feed, e.g., biomass for biofuels. $10,000 donation

Bent Creek Institute

New Belgium has pledged an investment in their venture to develop proof of concept of technology to extract a high-value cellulose used by neutriceutical and gluten-free industries from spent grain prior to being used for feed.  This investment supports biofuel, neutriceutical, brewing and farming industries in Western North Carolina.


Part of RiverLink’s mission is the reclamation of watersheds and sub watersheds within the French Broad River watershed. The New Belgium project offers RiverLink an opportunity to work with New Belgium to

reclaim a sub watershed that travels right through the brewery site on Craven Street. The funding  RiverLink was awarded from the Clean Water Trust Fund enables the City of Asheville to install a number of stormwaterBMPs (Best Management Practices), permeable pavers, and information kiosks to describe how best to treat storm water and implement a model stream restoration project.


Asheville on Bikes

In 2009, before New Belgium invested in building a brewery, they invested in advancing our public space and bicycle connectivity by partnering with Asheville on Bikes as a Clips of Faith partner. As New Belgium’s first Asheville partner, the funds AOB generated at that event helped to purchase the Waller Track which has grown to be known as the Hominy Creek Greenway. As a Clips of Faith partner and a member of New Belgium’s Leaders Roundtable, AOB continues to partner with New Belgium to expand and improve bicycle transportation and celebration.

Connect Buncombe

New Belgium has provided funds to assist Connect Buncombe in our outreach with the public of Buncombe County to gather opinions of greenway investment and to provide outreach and education of the benefits of greenways.  They will be working with their planning partners: the municipalities within the County and non-profits that dedicate time and effort towards greenway issues to solidify our efforts for outreach and fundraising in a more unified manner.

Asheville Design Center

ADC is a design nonprofit that will be working with residents and businesses near the New Belgium site to design and build a bus shelter at the corner of Haywood Road and Craven Street. ADC will engage the community to gather research, record oral histories, scan historic photographs and collect stories that reflect the rich history of the Stockyard site and surrounding neighborhood. ADC designers will use this material to inform three draft conceptual designs for the bus shelter. The public will then have an opportunity to vote on their favorite design. This project is supported by New Belgium Brewing and the City of Asheville.

Green Opportunities

GO has been at the table with New Belgium from the beginning finding ways to connect sub-contractors with skilled and under-employed workers through GO. Green Opportunities is also a member of New Belgium’s Leaders Roundtable providing community insight and guidance to the process of moving to Asheville.

Low Elevation Ariel Photo

Ken Abbott is creating a photo document of the former Asheville Stockyards using portraiture, landscape, and low elevation aerial photography. He is developing plans to exhibit the photographs in the River Arts District.

Economic Development Coalition

Throughout the company site search process on the East Coast, the EDC led the marketing and recruitment effort for the greater Asheville Community.  Throughout a 12 month process, the EDC connected New Belgium to necessary expertise and advice, governmental and community resources, local partnerships and regional workforce development initiatives that laid the foundation for selection of the Asheville Community from more than 20 competing cities.

West Asheville Business Association/ Haywood Road Corridor Committee

A member of New Belgium’s Leaders Roundtable, the West Asheville Business Association (WABA) is a collection of small businesses located west of the French Broad River with the common goal of improving our community. Formed in 1950, the organization has helped to shape and support the West Asheville community through numerous safety, beautification, development and marketing projects. The addition of New Belgium Brewing to our community expands the possibilities of these projects.

The Haywood Road Corridor Committee is an inclusive community group dedicated to promoting responsible growth and development along Haywood Road. With extensive community input a Haywood Road Vision Plan has been developed which proposes guidelines for future development along the road. The vision plan will be presented to City Council for approval soon and follow up work towards a form-based code for the corridor is expected to start this year. New Belgium Brewing’s parallel community focus is helpful as West Asheville moves forward in this process.

 Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Coalition

The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission has made land use recommendations to local and state government that have helped New Belgium to locate in Asheville. The purpose of the commission is to support the creation of a vibrant riverfront. The AARRC has collaborated as a leader at the New Belgium Community Leader Roundtable meetings to hear concerns and recommend appropriate actions to our appointing bodies. They support the community’s recommendations which have included: added pedestrian/bike amenities on Haywood Road, the study of alternate truck routes, and prioritizing parts of RAD TIP that will help diversify the vehicle routes to and from West Asheville and the RAD.

The Riverside Drive Strategic Plan will focus on finding the highest and best use for city-owned property directly across the French Broad River from the New Belgium site. The AARRC sees tremendous value in the community process spearheaded by New Belgium’s Leader Roundtable meetings and we will continue to partner with the City of Asheville to create a land use plan that enhances the mission of our regional riverfront.

AB Tech

ABTech introduces their new Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast.  AB Tech provides progressive workforce solutions to train future and current employees to be a productive, fulfilled and skilled resource within New Belgium’s workforce, as well as the workforces of breweries across the Southeast.

Pollinate Collaborations

Pollinate builds relationships and has been supporting outreach and communications around New Belgium’s transition to Asheville, including: strategizing and nurturing the New Belgium Leaders Roundtable Coalition, event planning, relationship development, and media outreach.


City of Asheville

The City of Asheville will make the following critical public infrastructure enhancements to support New Belgium’s $175 million investment in Asheville:

· Multi-modal roadway Improvements

· Greenway Design and Construction (RiverWay Connector Segment)

· Low Impact Parking Lot and Stormwater Management Area

· Five Points Intersection Improvement

· Waterline Upgrade – Craven Street

· Stormwater Mitigation (West Asheville/Waynesville Avenue watershed)

Adolfson & Peterson Construction 

They are the general contractor working directly with New Belgium to build the facility.

Perkins + Will

They are the design partner of the new East Coast Brewery.  Along with New Belgium, their goal for the project is to provide an innovative, ecologically responsible and beautiful brewery.

Equinox Environmental

Equinox is providing sustainable design services for the site such as the design for the greenway, innovative stormwater treatment, stream restoration, and assistance with some of the landscape architecture aspects of the project.

Hart Hickman

They are providing environmental consulting for beneficial reuse of a brownfields site.

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Friends, we have a few important announcements:

-Oatmeal Stout comes out Saturday, 12/22

-Golem comes back on tap on New Year’s Eve

-We have long sleeve black tshirts and a few black hoodie, IPA sweatshirts available in the taproom

-We have some kegs of IPA available. Come in to reserve yours.

-We are open Christmas Eve, but closing early (like maybe 8ish)

-We are closed Christmas Day

-We are open New Years Eve but only until 10 p.m.

And, most importantly:

-Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

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Uninsured, self-insured, small business owner, confused about healthcare (um, yes, me too)?  This talk might be useful.IFMA Logo 8 100dpi

Join Dr. Chad Krisel, Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville, for a discussion on the role of insurance in the United States health care system. How to best make use of it in an often times confusing system will be carefully attended to. We will talk of the important place that the direct medical care business model, of which Integrative Family Medicine is a variant of, will have for the future of primary and urgent care.

How all of this will affect the bottom line for us as individuals, employees, and small business owners will be discussed.

Where: Mojo Coworking at 60 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

When: December 11, 2012 3:30pm

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Join to learn about how the 2013 property tax revaluations may affect the cost of doing business in the River Arts District.

Join to learn about how the 2013 property tax revaluations may affect the cost of doing business in the River Arts District.

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Think Milkman, but with produce, cheese, eggs, fish! Aye!

Now that we are all thinking about food this week, and gratitude, and farmers markets are closed for the season, have any of you tried Mother Earth Produce?

They deliver: organic produce (lots from 20 or so local farms), Roots hummus, Wild Salmon Company salmon (wha? yes, yes they do), Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon pickles and other sour yumminess, Balsam Gardens meats and eggs, Ashe County cheese TO YOUR FRONT DOOR in Western North or South Carolina!

Post a comment for a special discount code if you want to try them out–I gotcha! And, yes, they are in line with the cost of organic offerings at the local groceries.  It’s really one of the things I’m so grateful for right now.

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Saturday my husband, dogs and I drove 55 minutes to Travelers Rest, SC to hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail–a nearly 14 mile greenway that connects Travelers Rest and Greenville, SC.

Aside from being curious about the trail (having heard so much about it), I wanted to explore the trail because I’ve been working with Buncombe County to help with Connect Buncombe–a friends group to support the recently adopted 102 mile county-wide greenway plan.  I grew up near Pittsburgh, so I understand the Rails to Trails system and have seen how they benefit communities, but Greenville really has it goin on!  In fact, as we were leaving, we ran into some Asheville friends who had been in Greenville for the day exploring the trail as well.

Without further ado, here is what a developed greenway system can look like.  Here are the citizens who use the greenway system and here are the businesses that benefit from them.  After today, we REALLY want to Connect Buncombe with greenways and trails!  Also, here are some statistics about economic development impact on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.


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Courtesy of MACFC

Mountain Area Child & Family Center, offering care and education to children ages 0-5 and their families, welcomes Bronwen McCormick as its new Director of Rainbow in My Tummy®. The healthy eating program for preschoolers, which kicked off in 2008, aims to prevent obesity by exposing children under five to colorful, nutritious foods that will promote lifelong preferences for healthy eating. The one-of-a-kind program is now being implemented in 11 early education centers in Buncombe County, with plans for expansion into surrounding counties and then beyond.

McCormick comes to MACFC from AB Tech’s award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality department, where she graduated first in her class to earn an Associates Degree in Culinary Technology, served as lab manager and instructor from 2004 to 2007 and Department Chairperson from 2007 until 2012. During her time at AB Tech, McCormick helped lead multiple culinary competition teams to state and regional acclaim and to a National Championship in 2007.

Under McCormick’s direction, plans for RIMT’s expansion include additional menus and recipes that significantly exceed minimal requirements for food served in early childhood education centers, training and curriculum for centers, teachers, and parents, an interactive website that will complement the current RIMT program, and an accreditation process for centers that have successfully implemented RIMT.

Long-term plans include teacher certification, assisting families to implement RIMT in the home, and partnering with community restaurants to offer healthier kids’ menus. With funding support from The Community Benefit Committee of Mission Hospital and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, MACFC is working to implement Rainbow in My Tummy® in additional Western North Carolina counties in 2013, with a push for state and national reach to follow.

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Jane Whilden is opposing Tim Moffit for Representative of District 116 and the Buncombe County GOP posted this photo on their Facebook on 10/18/12 asking, “”Just how much tax-payer funded travel did Shanghai Jane take while she was working for former Governor Mike Easley? And why did she take her family?”

I have a question for  the Buncombe County GOP:  Why do you post racist propaganda?

Jane Whilden is opposing Tim Moffit for Representative of District 116 and the Buncombe County GOP posted this photo on their Facebook on 10/18/12 asking, “”Just how much tax-payer funded travel did Shanghai Jane take while she was working for former Governor Mike Easley? And why did she take her family?”

Why is this ok?  Whether you are liberal, conservative or somewhere in between or other, we the people should NOT tolerate this type of behavior from our supposed political leadership.

Please, no matter where you lie on the political spectrum demand that respect and dignity remain through the process.  I have requested over Facebook that they remove this post.  Please give them a call if you think it’s racist as well: (828) 253-5800


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Two cool programs are happening in WNC schools: Asheville Community Design Lab (ACDL)  After-School and Mother Earth Produce’s Support Our Schools (SOS) Fundraising program.

Sponsor an ACDL Scholarship for one of 15 Students who need them

“For $130 per month, I’ve been able to sponsor a local student in a meaningful after-school program with artists, design professionals and others who are improving our neighborhoods…and teaching the next generation how to contribute.”

–Local small business owner who lives near a partnering school

Create a custom logo while learning the basics of marketing. Design shoes from concept to creation. Learn first-hand from an architect to design a home or bus shelter. Model a dream playground then bring it to fruition with professional designers, artists and builders.  A project of Roots + Wings School of Art, ACDL is an after-school program that engages students in critical thinking and innovation through principles of art and design for community reinvention.

Asheville Community Design Lab is devoted to programming focused on art and design for community reinvention. ACDL is a project-driven, after-school program that addresses what a typical school curriculum does not.  The ACDL works with students to learn about what’s beyond the walls of their schools, and teaches students how to fail in order to find better collective solutions to community problems. They believe problem-solving starts with listening and understanding.  They create symbiotic relationships with local schools, giving back to school art programs and offering scholarships to create inclusive spaces and collective voice.

Support Our Schools Fundraising Program

Rather than selling cookie dough and candy to raise funds for schools, Support Our Schools (SOS) enables schools to raise funds, while supporting local farms and local businesses, as well as health in our communities.  Schools can sign up with Mother Earth Produce, a farm to front door delivery service of organic produce and local edibles, to raise funds for their schools by selling bins of local produce and edibles. Co-owner Andrea DuVall is a former 6th grade teacher and is passionate about giving back to local schools.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to the School Fundraising page on www.MotherEarthProduce.com (click the purple button)
  2. Fill out the SOS Registration Form.
  3. Mother Earth Produce assigns your school an SOS code and sends you an outreach packet (with draft emails and outreach materials).
  4. Your school reaches out to your networks with the SOS code.
  5. The first 100 veggie bins sold with you school SOS code earns your school $4/bin, or $400.
  6. Bin Benchmarks: You can continue to earn additional funding throughout the year for selling additional bins. Your school will earn $2 for any number of bins sold over 100 through May 31 of the following year!

Any parents or teachers from participating ACDL schools want to raise some scholarship funds by selling local, organic produce and edibles?


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