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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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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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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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Mother Earth Produce is holding a t-shirt slogan contest.  Win a free t-shirt and a free week of organic produce delivered to your front door!  Send slogans to andrea@motherearthproduce.com or post to the MEP Facebook page.

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Greenways, Please video is a collaborative effort of Buncombe County and its municipalities and partners, as well as local businesses and organizations to provide information about the benefits of greenways in a fun format for viewing across the county.  Connect Buncombe is seeking partners to share this 5 minute public service video at theatres, events, and on websites.  Please get in touch to become a Greenways, Please video screening partner.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Asheville Track Club

Hands of Sean Perry Co.

Kostelec Planning

WSM Craft

Mother Earth Produce

Asheville On Bikes

Liberty Bikes

Montford Walk-In Bakery

Equinox Environmental

Pollinate Collaborations

Sound Mind Creative

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During the month of June, Dynamite Roasting Company is giving 100% of profits from their new “Greenways, Please” Coffee Blend to Connect Buncombe’s county-wide greenway system initiative.  Greenways, Please is an active blend with notes of honeysuckle and milk chocolate.

How to get it:

1.       Dynamite Roasting Coffee Bar in Black Mountain

2.       Local Dynamite Roasting Co. distributors

3.       Have it delivered to your doorstep: Mother Earth Produce will be selling Greenways, Please blend through their farm to front door produce delivery service.

4.       On June 23, Cycle to Farm supports Black Mountain Greenways and local farms with a 62 mile metric cycle with stops at farms in WNC.  Greenways, Please blend will be sold at the event registration and after party at Louise’s.  Sign up at www.CycleToFarm.org

Dynamite Roasting Company is an artisan roaster of exceptional Certified Organic and Fair Trade coffee and believes strongly in connecting with our WNC community in ways that are sustainable, healthy, and fun. They are hikers, bikers, baby and dog walkers, and all around lovers of the outdoors. This is why they support Buncombe County Greenways and the Greenways, Please! initiative. They believe in creating a healthier, more beautiful, and more livable Buncombe County.

Connect Buncombe aims to connect our county with greenways and trails to increase transportation options, physical activity opportunities, increased health benefits, community and economic development.

Support businesses that support our communities!

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To celebrate Mother Earth Day and their first deliveries of organic produce to front doors in WNC, Mother Earth Produce is hosting Love Mother Earth Online Photo Scavenger Hunt and, each day this week, giving the winner gift certificate for a free small bin of organic produce delivered to their front doors.

Anyone want to play? “Like” Mother Earth Produce on Facebook to play: http://www.facebook.com/motherearthproduce

Here’s how it works:

“Like” Mother Earth Produce on Facebook.  Photo clues will be posted on the Mother Earth Produce Facebook page each day (Monday – Friday) of this Earth Week (this week) either between 11 a.m. and noon or 4 and 5 p.m.

The photo clues will show you which Asheville-based business to go to to find the gift certificate.  Be the first to go to the business and pick up the gift certificate and you win!

Keep your eyes open for the clues and the first one to the gift card at a local downtown or River Arts District business wins it!

Good luck!

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Mother Earth Produce is making it easier to eat local veggies and fruits.  Mother Earth Produce works with a network of regional farms, delivering produce from farms in Western North Carolina to your door—starting in April 2012.  Register (it’s free to register) between now and March 15, you will be entered to win one month ($100) of free local produce from Mother Earth Produce!

Local produce delivery is a great option for people without transportation (seniors, people with disabilities) or for the busy person or family who wants to eat local, but finds it easier to stop by a grocery store instead of seeking out a farmers market.

 Here’s how it works:

1. Register for free on www.MotherEarthProduce.com

2. Place your online order: choose a small, medium or large bag of fruit and veggies (and customize it if you want)

3. Mother Earth Produce brings WNC farm fresh produce to your front door

You can sign up for a recurring delivery or do it week by week.  $26 for a small bag and $36 for a medium bag and $46 for a large bag.

They are working with Advantage West, ASAP, and numerous farms in WNC (and looking for more partners), Andrea and Graham DuVall based their business off of a successful model based in Frederick, MD. Check them out, register and eat your veggies!

Like them on Facebook too!

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