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In a rural farming community outside the small Western North Carolina town of Waynesville, N.C., Skipper Russell’s thick hands have long toiled the fields, working the soil and picking the cucumbers, bell peppers and beans. more

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Biofuel crops

Appalachian State University photos

To help reduce dependence on fossil fuels, biologists at Appalachian State University are exploring an Asian grass and algae for use as feedstocks for biofuels. more

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Franklin Woods Community Hospital

Franklin Woods Community Hospital photo

Johnson City, Tenn., has established itself as an influential force in just how far a town can go in terms of being green. more

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Sow True seeds

Margaret Hester photo

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Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Since moving to Asheville a little over a year ago, it has become clear to me that I have relocated to the sustainability capital of the universe. Here I am an eco-amateur. I should be raising my own cow and feeding her indigenous grasses. more

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Asheville Farmers Market

Jon D. Bowman photo

You throw on your comfy shoes, a touch of sunscreen, and a big hat and grab a canvas bag. It’s Saturday morning and the tailgate markets are open for business. more

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Energy Xchange

Becky Johnson photo

When Ian Kessler-Gowell began counting up the costs to open his own glass blowing studio, the show stopper wasn’t the industrial furnace, the polishing wheel, or diamond-bladed band-saw. Instead, it was the energy. more

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