Archive for the ‘Pollinate Collaborations Project’ Category

Dynamite Roasting Company (based in Black Mountain) is celebrating their 4th anniversary with new local and global partnerships, and a unique opportunity for the community—a new line of micro-lot coffees. To kick off the release of their new, rare coffee line, Dynamite is hosting a free public Micro-Lot Coffee Tasting on Thursday, September 27 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at City Bakery’s Biltmore Ave. location in Asheville. The event also celebrates Dynamite’s new availability at City Bakery.  Dynamite Roasting Company is an artisan roaster of exceptional Certified Organic and Fair Trade coffee.

What the heck is Micro-lot Coffee?  Let’s just say that having it available to us in WNC is a testament to our amazing food community.  Micro-lot is a specifically selected portion of a farm’s harvest that is separated from a larger lot to preserve the coffee’s unique and special characteristics. Typical lots of coffee are blends of beans from multiple farms, often sacrificing quality for consistency. Micro-lots showcase the highest quality selections of a grower’s harvest.

What to Expect if you Go: Local is global when you are selling a food product like coffee.  Dynamite is ensuring that global stays local by connecting with farmers in Honduras to bring a fine micro-lot line to Western North Carolina.  At the Micro-Lot Coffee Tasting, Dynamite will offer tasting stations for each of their four micro-lot varietals where tasters will learn about the farms and farmers, as well as nuances of each coffee.  Tasters will be guided through the process by Dynamite coffee experts, including roaster, Thomas Lussier.  City Bakery will offer small bite food pairings with each varietal.  Think of it like “a gallery opening for coffee.

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Asheville Community Design Lab-After School  (a project of Roots + Wings School of Art and Asheville Design Center) kicks off this school year with elementary programs offered daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Claxton, Hall Fletcher, and Vance elementary schools.  They are in need of scholarships for 15 students.

ACDL-AS is an interdisciplinary, project-driven curriculum that provides a unique, creative alternative to conventional after-school care for elementary students. The ACDL-AS works with students to learn about what’s beyond the walls of their schools, and teaches students how to find better, collective solutions to community problems through creative experimentation.

The ACDL-AS program pays artists and support it’s host schools, as well as provides scholarships for students in need.  Currently, the program has 15 students on a waiting list for scholarships, and some local businesses have stepped up to make $130/month donations, but more are needed.  Donate a tax deductible scholarship.

Enroll or find out how your school can become a host school.

Elementary school students connect with community mentors such as artists, designers, and engineers during “Innovation Hour,” and students work on hands-on projects often connected back with a larger community problem. Recently ACDL-AS added a new non-profit partner, Asheville Design Center (ADC). Through their partnership, the ADC will sponsor donations through their 501c3 status, offer mentor/volunteers for after-school, as well as and connect students with real life projects going on in and around the Asheville community.

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Last night the Buncombe County Commissioners unanimously approved the Buncombe County Greenways + Trails Master Plan.  The commissioners are investing in our economy, our health, and our safety.  Thank you commissioners!

New Belgium Brewing is jump starting the process with $50,000 to Connect Buncombe to support partnership development and fundraising plans around the system.

Here are just a few numbers that might be interesting in terms of what to expect from economic development impacts.  And if you need more, here’s a study with amazing numbers.

Trails in Teton County, Wyoming create an annual economic impact of $18,000,000.

The market for residences near trails is growing. It was estimated that property values along the Cardinal Greenway in Muncie, Indiana, increased 9% shortly after its opening.

“The next generation is very savvy about choosing where they’ll live.  They look carefully at quality of life factors like how much time they’re going to spend in traffic commuting, if they can live near a park or hike and bike trail, and whether a city’s downtown stays awake after five.”

— Rebecca Ryan, Founder of Next Generation Consulting, discussing
traits of great cities (2009)

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In March, I started personal training, after many years of thinking about it, taking boot camps and fit camps and belonging to a gym, I wanted to take it to the next level.  I wanted to get strong, build confidence and be able to lift our new canoe (my b-day gift) over my head to get it on the top of the truck with no problem.  :)  I’m working with Samantha Stone of Functional Fitness Asheville at O3 Health + Fitness.  I started with 03′s 45-minute Fit Camps last fall, and then started working with Sam in a small group.  Both are wonderful.

In April, I started helping Mother Earth Produce with outreach around their local produce and edibles delivery service–think of it like the milkman but with veggies and edibles and soon to be more local goodies.  Having a bin of fresh produce show up on your doorstep each weeks demands a certain amount of healthy eating, learning and food preparation (rather than the frozen pizza or going out for a quick bite–which is tempting when you live one block from The Admiral and The Walk!).  Nope, gotta eat that produce before it goes bad friends. A local farmer grew that for me, and I can let it go to compost!

And, I’ve started acupuncture for a chronic athletic injury with Chad Johnson.  In my opinion, he’s THE Acupuncturist for Athletes in Asheville.  His approach is like nothing I’ve experienced and includes massage, acupuncture, and education–a totally integrative approach and a completely different experience than I’ve had anywhere else.  He uses relaxing techniques as well as more aggressive, active techniques that pretty much took my tight hamstrings and immediately softened them to relieve the pain on my knee tendon.  And, he also adds in some massage, which I adore.

I’m grateful to these folks for helping me put together a system that works for me.  I’m feeling full and loved, content and driven, and thankful for a community of people willing to share their gifts!

What wellness routine works for you?

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What does this mean?

This means the plan that Buncombe County Greenways + Trails Master Plan will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for their approval.  The plan began with a kick off on June 10, 2011 and since then, the BCPGRS staff, the Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Commission and the consultants Kostelec Planning and Equinox Environmental have conducted extensive public meetings to gather opinions and input for the location of the identified greenway corridors.

Buncombe County Greenway and Trails Master Plan is finished and available for final public review online at buncombecounty.org/connect and at all libraries in Buncombe County.

Connect Buncombe is Buncombe County’s public outreach and education campaign that raises awareness of the economic, health, environmental, cultural and safety benefits of greenways.  Pollinate Collaborations has been honored to work with many people and businesses to get the word out.  Sound Mind Creative did all the design and branding work.  And our partner municipalities and communities in Buncombe County, put together all these images telling us why they support greenways!

Here’s just one example of economic development through greenway development.  $50,000 to Black Mountain in one weekend!


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Cycle to Farm is an annual charity metric century bicycle ride that supports local food, local farms and greenways through cycling and tourism.   At their first event on June 23, 2012, they supported Black Mountain Greenways.  They also estimate that the event brought $50,000 to the region.  Imagine if we expanded our greenway system and expanded and increased events like these…

165 riders.

92 volunteers.

6 Farms.

21 sponsors.

19 government agencies.

$50,000 was brought into the local economy.
And that’s not all — a whopping 40% of riders completed a lengthy survey about their experience, which helped us understand not only the economic impact:

$37,575 estimated spent by participants

$8,060 spent on (local) event supplies & advertising

$1,200+ spent at the Farms

57% of participants stayed overnight.

56% of participants came from more than 50 miles away.

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Whether you like extreme sports films (awesome kayaking, base jumping, snowboarding) or handmade films from neighbors, you’ll want to be out and about the weekend of September 7-10.  Save the Date and get your tickets!

Support Connect Buncombe at Radical Reels:::Monday, September 10

REI is hosting Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tours’ Radical Reels at Carolina Cinemas on Hendersonville Road.  All proceeds from the event are going to making greenways happen in Buncombe County through Connect Buncombe.    The Radical Reels program is made up of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding, and other adrenaline sport films that feature a fresh approach, a new sport, and a radically independent spirit.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door, OR purchase a $30 Greenways, Please VIP ticket (only 30 available).  Tickets for this event do sell out.  Get your tickets now at REI Asheville in Biltmore Park or by calling 828.687.0918

Greenways, Please VIP tickets (only 30 available) include: sitting in the best seats in the house at the film screening, a VIP gift bag, as well as being entered into a drawing (with only 29 others) for a chance to win one of the following: ENO hammock and straps, 2 tickets to a production at The Magnetic Theatre, a gift certificate from Mother Earth Produce: From Local Farms to Your Front Door, 4 tickets for LaZoom Tours, or a $25 REI gift card.

Support Asheville On Bikes at Clips of Faith:::Friday, September 7

New Belgium Brewing’s Clips of Faith Tour is in the lawn at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville.  Beer proceeds are going to Asheville On Bikes, a local bicycle advocacy organization.  Try New Belgium’s most esoteric beers and pair them with inspiring short films created by fans, all while supporting a local non-profit.  View the films for free.  For more information.

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New Belgium Brewing will present preliminary designs for their new facility in Asheville, NC.  City of Asheville staff will present up-to-date information on infrastructure projects planned adjacent to New Belgium’s new construction.  A discussion about construction mitigation will be initiated by the presenters. A general question and answer session will be held after the presentation.

Wednesday July 25, 2012 at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall (Civic Center)

Presentation at 5:30 p.m.  Doors at 5:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

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Fill out this survey and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate for organic produce delivery (yes, groceries delivered to your front door) from Mother Earth Produce!


This is a survey to gather input from Buncombe, Haywood and Hendersonville residents about transportation needs around WNC.  Your input is important because it will help develop opportunities and incentives for people who live in WNC to decrease their personal fuel costs by finding convenient, safe and flexible ways to find bikepool, carpool, vanpool and share rides to work, school, events and activities each day.   Learn more about Transportation Demand Management.

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WSM Craft is an amazing design-build contractor in WNC.  Their newest project, “Nora’s Nook,” was made for a big sister whose little sibling is on the way.  This lovely custom-built playroom, bedroom and bathroom has handcrafted cabinets and cubbies, is an old attic space that required raising the ceiling.  Architectural design provided by Brickstack A + D.  How lovely!  What a great team.

Take a look at more from WSM Craft.  (I’d also like to brag that this is my husband-to-be!)

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