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As manager of Waynesville’s urban forest, it’s safe to say that Jonathan Yates likes trees. So when Diane Kornse of the Mountain View Garden Club approached him last fall to ask if the town had any project in the wings that the club could help tackle, Yates was ready with an answer. 

“I said, ‘Actually, I do have an idea I’ve had for years, but it would really require something like a garden club to make it happen,’” Yates recounted.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:54

Cherokee students become Smokies experts

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Students at Cherokee Middle School have spent the last two years digging deep into the ecology, culture and history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through a partnership between the park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians honoring the Park Service’s centennial. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:53

Understand the bird’s side of the story

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Birds and humans share the earth, but sometimes that doesn’t turn out well for our avian neighbors. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Highlands Nature Center, ornithologist Olga Milenkaya will speak to these issues in a free one-hour lecture titled “What Threatens Birds Today? An Exploration of Contemporary Conservation Challenges and Solutions.”

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:52

Take in the view at Devil’s Courthouse

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A short hike with long views will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Devil’s Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:51

New education chief comes to the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a new chief of resource education in Nigel Fields, who Superintendent Cassius Cash hired following the retirement of Liz Dupree. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:11

It’s fair time in Haywood County

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The Haywood County Fair is just around the corner — Aug. 23-29 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds — so whether you’re planning to enter a competition or just want to come out for a good time, there’s plenty new this year to know. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:02

Hike the high elevations

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The Black Balsam area of the Pisgah National Forest is a crowd favorite, with its wide-open views and ample wildflowers, and the Carolina Mountain Club will be leading several opportunities to experience it with hikes planned over the next couple weeks.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:59

Species mapper unveiled in the Smokies

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Anyone with an internet connection can now pull up a map showing where they might encounter any of 1,800 Smokies species, thanks to the newly launched Species Mapper web application.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 00:00

Farmers Market news

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Sample local goodies

Local delicacies will be available for savoring during Taste of the Market, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Jackson County Farmers Market next to Bridge Park. 

An annual event, Taste of the Market features samples from vendors of dishes made from their produce, with some vendors raffling items from their displays or donating to large raffle baskets also available that day. 

The morning will also include the Market Feast, a fundraiser the market holds on the second Saturday of each month to support its day-to-day operations. Vendors volunteer to hold the feast and prepare food, with market-goers invited to partake for a donation. 

The Jackson County Farmers Market averages 35 to 38 vendors during the summer season, with as many as 18 in the winter months, when it’s held indoors. A 60-40 ratio of food to craft vendors is maintained. 

Yvonne Scott, market manager, 828.393.5236.


Haywood County

Haywood Historic Farmers Market, Waynesville

The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market, Waynesville 

Jackson County

Cashiers Tailgate Market, Cashiers

Jackson County Farmers Market, Sylva

The ‘Whee Farmers Market, Cullowhee

  • Getting there: 4 p.m. to dusk, Tuesdays now through the end of October, at the corner of North Country Club Drive and N.C. 107 behind the Village of Forest Hills sign.
  • What’s happening: Meats, eggs, cheeses, vegetables, value-added products and crafts sold by an average of eight vendors. Gourmet sausages and hot dogs starting in May. 
  • Contact: Curt Collins, 828.476.0334.

Macon County

Cowee Farmers Market, Cowee

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market, Franklin 

Swain County

Swain County Farmer Market, Bryson City

All markets are cash only unless otherwise noted. 

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:53

Get your gleaning on

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The harvest is coming in, and for a contingent of growers and volunteers in Haywood County, that means gleaning season.