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art frVariety is the spice of life. Within the realm of music, those spices can range from the hot heat of New Orleans funk and the Chicago blues to the sweet taste of California sunshine soul and Nashville front porch singer-songwriters. 

And yet, where does the largest spice rack of sound reside? Well, in Southern Appalachia of course. Right in our own backyard you have the crossroads — literally and figuratively — of bluegrass, country, rock-n-roll, jazz, blues and folk tones. This melting pot of melodies flows down these steep mountains, from the deep hollers, backwoods coves, dark basements, old garages and rickety barns of Western North Carolina.

fr swcLess money and stiffer competition for grants means that Western North Carolina needs to have a solid plan in place to show the need in the region and stay competitive.

fr swcommissionOne day they were operating out of the community center building in Sylva and the next they were moving into a singlewide trailer in Bryson City. Some years federal grant money rolled in hand over fist, and other years they fought tooth and nail for highly competitive grants for their communities. They’ve seen years of unchecked growth and years of economic stagnation.

out frIf Garrett Fisher had his way, he’d live on the side of a mountain with a glacier as his next-door neighbor. 

Some people might consider his Wyoming home, located at 5,633 feet above sea level, to be close enough, but Fisher craves more elevation than that. So, he satisfies his thirst for altitude with aviation.


Boyd Mountain Tree Farm

143 Boyd Farm Road • Waynesville. 828.926.8888 or 828.506.3513.

Dutch Cove Christmas Tree Farm

280 Setzer Drive • Canton. 828.648.9133.

Nesbitt Christmas Tree Farm

333 Sunset Ridge • Clyde. 828.456.9914 



Adrian Fowler Tree Farm

2478 Cedar Creek Road • Cashiers. 828.399.0673.

Ammons Brothers Nursery

2231 Wolf Mountain Road. Tuckasegee. 828.293.5398.

Chris Burrell Christmas Trees

Tuckasegee. 828.743.2882 or 828.586.8782.

D’s Trees Farm

Cane Creek Road • Cullowhee. 828.293.3308.

Flat Creek Tree Farm

1749 Flat Creek Valley Road. Lake Toxaway. 828.966.4300 or 828.577.2297.

Grandy Mountain Farm

841 Breedlove Road • Cashiers. 828.508.8183 or 828.743.1737.

HCL Farm

303 Fowler Road • Glenville. 828.226.9327.

Hutch’s Mountain Trees, LLC

455 Lakeside Circle • Glenville. 828.736.1405.

Jim Fortier

6701 Charlies Creek Road. Tuckaseegee. 985.674.1445.

Lazy Acres Farm

1081 Breedlove Road • Glenville. 828.507.5072.

Moss Tree Farm

1822 Norton Road • Cashiers. 828.226.2397 or 828.743.2215. 828.226.2340 or 828.743.6398.

Neil Dawson

Tuckaseegee. 828.506.3534 or 828.293.5057.

Pressley Tree Farm

770 Shirley Pressley Road • Glenville. 828.399.1505 or 828.743.2275.

Ryan Holquist

4735 Charlies Creek Road. Tuckaseegee. 828.506.2231 or 828.293.1141.

SnowBird Farms

4484 Pine Creek Road • Cullowhee. 800.511.6404 or 828.743.5329.

Stewart’s Tree Farm

244 Shook Cove Road. Tuckseegee. 828.293.5329 or 828.226.4174.

Tom Sawyer Tree Farm

240 Chimney Pond Road • Glenville. 828.508.2301 or 828.743.5456.

Ty-Lyn Plantation

971 Lloyd Hooper Road. Cullowhee. 828.508.9612 or 828.743.3899.

Wind Dog Farm

360 Comanche Road • Cullowhee. 828.743.7938.

Windy Gap Tree Farm

385 Fowler Road • Glenville. 828.507.8863 or 828.586.0637.

Woodard Tree Farm

Pumpkin Town Road. 828.586.8577.



Peak Experience

2820 Dillard Road • Highlands. 828.526.0229.



Darnell Farms

U.S. 19 • Whittier • 828.488.2376.

Ted Craig Tree Farm

160 Frasier Fir Drive • Bryson City. 828.488.3954



Evergreen Acres Nursery

N.C. 28 (near Stecoah Barber Shop). Robbinsville • 828.479.8014. 



“Fir” Heaven’s Sake

220 Nelson Road • Topton. 828.321.5339.

Shields Tree Farm

U.S. 64 West (past Triple B Restaurant). Murphy • 828.644.5254.



Mount Hardy Christmas Tree

34 Rocky Hill Branch Road. Brevard. 828.577.2678 or 828.884.8681.

coverIt’s 6:30 in the morning when 24 hours of travel ends with the plane’s landing in Bolivia, but even through the grogginess it’s not hard to see that we’ve arrived somewhere far, far away from Miami. Snow-crested mountains rise over the outstretched plateau. Drivers crowd the security exit, shouting “Taxi?! Taxi?!” At 13,323 feet above sea level, the air is thin and dry, with any activity more strenuous than a walk on flat ground leaving you gasping for breath.

A timeline of Kory Wawanaca
• The joy of cooking

But the trek wasn’t over. From La Paz we were headed to a children’s home in Tacachia, a town so tiny it doesn’t even show up on Google Maps. Getting there would involve a day of altitude adjustment in La Paz, three hours in a Jeep traversing 15 miles of steep and skinny dirt roads and reconciliation with the fact that the village’s lack of running water would mean outhouses and no showers for the next four days.

fr rollerderbyBy Katie Reeder • SMN Intern

No hitting, punching, elbowing or tripping people — and definitely no biting or yelling at the referees. Fourteen-year-old Autumn Pine, or “Fall Out Girl” as she’s known on the track, will quickly tell you there are rules to roller derby.

fr schoollunchFree lunch is becoming a more common phenomenon around Western North Carolina as school systems start adopting a new federal program aiming to increase kids’ access to food in high-poverty areas.

out frIn a woodsy neighborhood up a winding mountain road from Franklin, late May is pretty quiet — at least from a human perspective. Many of the second-home owners who live there haven’t yet moved in for the summer, and with lots spanning as many as 40 acres, things are spread pretty far apart anyway. 

But the avian summer move-ins are there in force, and if you’re a bird, you’d probably say the forested neighborhood is anything but quiet. It’s full of tweets and chirps and chirrs, pretty sounds that actually mean things are a-stirring in the bird community.

out frBy Katie Reeder • SMN Intern

Demand for locally grown food is soaring in Western North Carolina, but recruiting — and retaining — the farmers to grow the goods has been a challenge. That’s a problem a trio of farm-centric groups is hoping to address through a $100,000 grant they just landed from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. 

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Organic Growers School and Western North Carolina FarmLink are collaborating to create Farm Pathways: Access to Land, Livelihood and Learning, a new program that will mentor beginning farmers and link them with the resources they need to succeed. It’s set to begin in 2016.

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