18th Annual PUMPKINFEST :: Saturday, October 25 from 9am - 4pm * Downtown Franklin :: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

Click for Franklin, North Carolina Forecast

Outdoors

Dear EarthTalk: I like the feel of carpeting, but I’m concerned about all the chemicals. What are some good nonchemical (but still soft!) options? — Jennifer Jones, Madison, Wisc.

Modern day carpets, in all their plush and stain-resistant glory, are wonders of technology and help make our homes and workplaces more comfortable. But the typical carpet, made from petroleum-based synthetic fibers, contains dozens of chemicals and gases, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other potential toxins—and they can compromise indoor air quality for years on end and cause dangerous reactions in the sensitive among us, including little ones and the elderly.

Read more...

The 21st annual Organic Growers School, will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, at the University of North Carolina- Asheville in Asheville. On the schedule is a weekend of workshops for beginning gardeners to advanced commercial growers plus a trade show and seed exchange, silent auction, Children’s Program, and on Friday March 7, an on-farm session.

Cost is $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday (Early Bird Registration by Feb. 17). Additional $15 for registration after Feb. 17 and on day of school. Register online at www.organicgrowersschool.org; register by phone at 828.342.1849, or request a mailed registration form to meredith@ organicgrowersschool.org or (828) 582-5039.

Read more...

The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society board of directors recently met at The Mountain Retreat for an all day planning meeting for next year's happenings.

Members shown are Russ Regnery, president, Avary Doubleday, vice president, Heather Starck, executive director of Audubon N.C., Michelle Ruigrok, secretary, Kyle Pursel, Ann Campbell, George Kaye, Don Shure, and Mike Kaiser, treasurer. Not pictured are Brock Hutchins, Romney Bathurst, Pat Strickland, Michelle Styring, and Glenda Zahner.

The Franklin Bird Club will participate in its second Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 4, and welcomes participation from the public. The group will be joining 60,000 other volunteers in the count that began in 1900 when Dr. Frank Chapman, founder of Bird-Lore (which evolved into Audubon magazine) suggested an alternative to the holiday “side hunt,” in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most small game, including birds. Chapman proposed that people count birds instead.

The Christmas Bird Count has become an important Citizen Science project. “This is not just about counting birds,” says Gary Langham, Audubon’s chief scientist. “Data from the Audubon Christmas Bird Count are at the heart of hundreds of peerreviewed scientific studies and informed decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of the Interior, and the EPA. Because birds are early indicators of environmental threats to habitats we share, this is a vital survey of North America and, increasingly, the Western Hemisphere.”

Read more...

Page 9 of 58

9