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Save the Ta-tas!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Get checked!ASHEVILLE NC – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. We want people to know that a yearly checkup can save your life! In addition to a yearly exam by a healthcare professional, women should know the risk factors, early symptoms and signs of breast cancer as well as perform a monthly breast self-exam. When breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 98%.*

What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer?

Although you cannot prevent cancer, some habits that can help reduce your risk are:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Stay physically active
  3. Eat fruits and vegetables
  4. Do not smoke
  5. Limit alcohol consumption

Early Detection Saves Lives!

Find out how to do a monthly self-exam from your primary care physician. You can also find information on self-exams at www.nationalbreastcancer.org. Schedule a yearly check-up with your healthcare professional to make sure that there are no significant changes in your health that you might not be aware of. For a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider about breast cancer, click here: Questions for Your Doctor.

Get a Mammogram Somewhere!

Buncombe County Health and Human Services offers the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). BCCCP helps to save lives of women through early detection. The program provides free breast exams, PAP tests for cervical cancer, and mammograms for women who are 18 – 64 years of age who meet certain eligibility requirements. If you have questions about breast cancer, or want to find out if you are eligible to receive a life-saving screening, please call (828) 250-6006 or visit www.buncombecounty.org/pink.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the United States. Simple choices such as becoming educated about breast cancer, frequent self-exams, and mammograms can save a life!

*according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

October Events at Chimney Rock

Friday, August 15th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock announces October events.

Annual Passholder Fall Sunrise Breakfast

Date/Time: Saturday, October 4; gate opens 6:15am for 7:25am sunrise

Description: Few sights in Western North Carolina are as spectacular as watching the sun rise over Lake Lure in the fall! The Park opens early for Annual Passholders with a tasty continental breakfast and the best seats in the area. Post your sunrise pictures to our Facebook page. New Passholders are welcome. To RSVP, please call 800-277-9611 by October 1. Check out area accommodations at chimneyrockpark.com if you plan to stay overnight.

Cost: $5 Annual Passholder, free for kids under 5. Advance registration required.

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=10#E464

Rockin’ Naturalist Guided Hikes

Date/Time: Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25; 11am-noon

Description: Explore Chimney Rock’s trails with a Park naturalist or State Park Ranger to learn about plants, wildlife, geology and more along the way. Or, we’ll head “off the beaten path” to discover less-traveled areas of the park. Topics vary; included with park admission. Limited to the first 15 people. Offered every Saturday at 11am from May-October, weather permitting. More details at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=10#E557

Grady’s Wildlife of WNC

Date/Time: Every Sat. & Sun. in October; 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; 2pm

Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s live woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident education animals are the stars of the program, which explains each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Programs vary. Held in the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows, weather permitting.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=10#E550

Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock

Date/Time: Fridays & Saturdays, Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25; 6-8pm

Description: After leaf peeping, relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in October at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-Try Burgers Across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats’ 100% grassfed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh baked fruit cobbler. Get more band details at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: Free

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=10#E568

Naturalist Niche Series: Fall Big Basswood Hike

Date/Time: Saturday, October 11; 9:30-11:30am

Description: Up and down a bit of slope, between a few boulders and shrubs and weaving beneath towering fall foliage, hike into a hidden forest cove. Renowned naturalist Ron Lance will guide you to where the state’s largest basswood tree lives, with a circumference of more than 13 feet! Several other large trees are its neighbors and wildflowers carpet the forest floor. This 2-hour-plus hike is moderately-strenuous and not suitable for children under 12. Limited to 15; advance registration required.

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 for Grady’s Kids Club Member

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32

Naturalist Niche Series: Fall Ridge Hike with Ron Lance

Date/Time: Saturday, October 25; 9:30-12:30pm

Description: Soak up Western NC’s legendary fall colors on the most scenic hike all year long! Venture high atop the ridges of Chimney Rock State Park some 1,500 feet above the valley floor, where you’ll enjoy dramatic views surrounded in a sea of stunning fall leaf colors. Led by renowned naturalist Ron Lance, this 3-hour hike is moderately strenuous. Limited to 15; advance registration required. (Photo by Stacy Redmon, www.redrockphoto.zenfolio.com)

Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 for Grady’s Kids Club Member

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32

Fall Homeschool Day

Date/Time: October 15; 9:45am-noon

Description: This is Chimney Rock’s most popular homeschool event of the year! Join Park education specialists for fun, interactive programs in a 1000-acre classroom where learning comes alive. Multiple programs are offered for your students to experience a day of “fun learning” they won’t soon forget. All programs are designed to meet NC and SC curriculum standards. Program details and rates online at www.chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: Call (828) 625-9611 to register. Advance registration required.

Fall Leaf Peeping at Chimney Rock

Date/Time: October 15 – November 7

Description: Witness Western NC’s legendary fall colors from high atop Chimney Rock with up to 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. Some of the region’s most stunning autumn foliage appears here from late-October to early-Nov. due to the lower elevation. A premier leaf peeping destination, the Park offers scenic hiking trails, ancient geological features, nature programs and guided rock climbing that attracts visitors from around the world. Get weekly fall color updates at http://chimneyrockpark.com/visit/fallcolor.php.

Link to Event: http://chimneyrockpark.com/visit/fallcolor.php

Enjoy an Apple a Day in October

Friday, October 4th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Last year was a difficult one for area apple growers. Luckily, it’s a different story in 2013. “We had a wet early part of the season,” says Greg Nix of Apple Wedge Packers & Cider, who grows apples and packs and distributes for other local growers. “But, the apples finished off nicely, yields are good, and the quality is much better than expected.” That excites chefs of Asheville-area Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants, who are Getting Local with apples now:

  • At the Junction in the River Arts District, Chef Chad is pairing their sweet tea-brined fried chicken with a local Fuji apple and butternut squash cobbler. He’s also using caramelized local apples as an accompaniment to their cider-braised pork osso buco.
  • To celebrate ASAP’s Get Local, Neo Burrito’s locations are offering a local cider-braised pork shoulder burrito with local apple-sage stuffing and collards with a side of local apple slaw.
  • Montford Walk-In Bakery is making the classics this month: apple pies and tarts. They’re using old-variety McIntosh and Beecher apples, which they say make the best baked goods.
  • At Short Street Cakes in West Asheville, they’re working on a signature apple cake using hard cider from Asheville’s newest hard cider producer: Urban Orchard Cider Company. Urban Orchard is currently working with Odell Barnwell & Sons and Apple Wedge Packers.
  • At West End Bakery, also in West Asheville, they’re going sweet and savory, using local apples from a team member’s family farm. Sweet options include apple cheesecake with salted caramel, apple streusel muffins, and apple cinnamon roll bread pudding. On the savory side, they’re serving up a caramelized apple, onion, ham, and cheddar sandwich.
  • The Market Place Restaurant in downtown Asheville is going sweet and savory, too, offering a local apple crisp served with cinnamon streusel and buttermilk ice cream and featuring local apples—from Sky Top and Barber orchards—on their charcuterie and cheese boards.

Other Appalachian Grown partners are also loving local apples, including Blue Ridge Food Ventures. They’ll process about 4,000 pounds into applesauce this season for their Winter Sun Farms CSA. Browse partner groceries, roadside stands, and u-pick farms at appalachiangrown.org.

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, including their Get Local initiative, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

Join ASAP in Celebrating First National Farm to School Month This October

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The nation’s very first National Farm to School Month is underway. Proclaimed in November 2010, the declaration serves to demonstrate the growing role of Farm to School programming in improving child nutrition, supporting local economies, and connecting children with the source of their food. The Southern Appalachians are certainly celebrating. Through ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program, school’s October calendars are booked with cooking demonstrations, farm field trips, and teacher trainings.

“The proclamation is gratifying because, in many ways, October has always been Farm to School Month for us,” says Growing Minds Director Emily Jackson. “Schools are back in the swing of things now and featuring local food in their cafeterias, and the fall weather makes for great opportunities to get children out in the garden and to visit a farm.”

“In fact,” Jackson adds, “there are farm field trips planned every week this month!” A Pre-K class from Foster Circle Head Start Center in Hendersonville will pick apples at nearby J.H. Stepp Farm’s Hillcrest Orchard. First graders from Candler Elementary School will also pick apples there. A pre-K class from the YWCA of Asheville will head out to Alexander, NC, and visit Sabbath Rest Farm. Kindergarteners from New Prospect Elementary School in Anderson, SC, will visit Hardy Berry Farm, and kindergarteners from Ranger Elementary in Murphy, NC, will visit Mercier Orchard in Blue Ridge, GA. The field trips are funded through grants from ASAP. Ten grants for 2011-2012 were awarded in total.

Later this month, ASAP will also host a quarterly school garden meeting for teachers and volunteers involved with school gardens. Special guest Tom Elmore of Thatchmore Farm in Leicester will share his knowledge about building healthy soil. And, ASAP will lead a National Farm to School Network webinar about Farm to School cooking with children. ASAP and Growing Minds have served as the Southeast Regional Lead Agency for the National Farm to School Network since 2004. Learn more about the network and webinar at farmtoschool.org.

There are a variety of ways for area food service professionals, farmers, teachers, and food-loving families to celebrate—this month and beyond. Visit farmtoschoolmonth.org for October materials and information. Visit growing-minds.org for specifics about the events shared here and to learn how you can get involved in Farm to School locally.


ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. Growing Minds, ASAP’s Farm to School Program, works to connect farms and schools and give children positive experiences with healthy foods. Experiences include farm field trips, nutrition education, school gardens, and local food in cafeterias.

To learn more about Growing Minds, visit growing-minds.org. For information about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call 828-236-1282.

Garden Chores for October

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


  • Don't be stingy when planing pansies.This is a good time to fertilize the cool season lawn (fescue, bluegrass), if you didn’t do it last month. Use a slow-release fertilizer and apply 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
  • It’s been dry, so if you have planted grass seed, remember to keep it watered.
  • Also, be careful not to tear up new seedlings while raking leaves. A leaf blower is gentler on
    the seedlings.


  • If you have Hemlock trees, inspect them for signs of Hemlock Woolly Adelgids. This is a good time of year to treat smaller trees with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Fall is also a good time to apply a systemic soil drench treatment on larger trees. See Recommendations for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control or view BCTV 2’s Hemlock Woolly Adelgid video, hosted by Linda Blue of Buncombe County Cooperative Extension.
  • Fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. Pull roots loose on container grown plants and do not plant too deep.
  • Do not fertilize ornamental plants now.
  • Limit pruning to snipping the occasional stray branch and removing dead or damaged branches.
  • Purchase spring blooming bulbs. Plant late in October or in November.
  • Plant pansies and ornamental cabbage.
  • Clean up house plants before moving back indoors. Take the time to cut them back and remove dead leaves and flowers. While you’re at it, inspect carefully for insect infestations and treat before bringing the plants indoors.


  • Good sanitation is always important in the orchard this time of year. As you rake leaves, also remove any fruit left in the trees and pick up all fruit from the ground.
  • Finish removing old canes from blackberry and raspberry patches.
  • Strawberry plants are setting on the buds for next spring’s fruit. Pull weeds and irrigate if needed.


  • Plant garlic and onions.
  • Fertilize greens and other cool season crops planted last month.
  • Good sanitation is important here as well. Remove spent plants to the compost pile or turn them into the soil to rot.
  • Spray all crucifers (cabbage family crops) with organic B.t. (Bacillus thruingiensis) every 7 to 10 days to kill the various caterpillars that eat the plants.


  • When you are finished with garden clean-up, take a look at the storage shed. Clean out, organize and repair equipment.
  • Leave hummingbird feeders out for late migrating birds.
  • Fall is a great time to start a new compost pile. You can build a bin or just pile all that yard waste in the corner. More information on back yard composting.

For more information, watch BCTV 2’s “October Garden Chores with Linda Blue” video or call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.