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June 4 Serviceberry Workshop

FREE & open to the public! - Join us to learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare Serviceberries.  These early season fruits, also known as Saskatoons or June berries will be ripe for the picking, come learn what to do with them!

Come for a chance to win a FREE POTTED SERVICEBERRY ready to go into your own yard!

Location: Senior Opportunity Center, 36 Grove St, Asheville 5:30-7PM

Tasty, nearly ripe serviceberries!

RSVP TODAY! (the workshop is FREE, but reservations are requested)

This workshop will help participants identify Serviceberry trees in the community, know when to pick the ripe fruits, and give some easy cooking instruction to eat fresh, prepared, jellied, or frozen berries throughout the year.   

Instructors are Tom Celona and Cathy Cleary. Tom is a fruit and nut enthusiast who has a special place in his heart for finding, picking and eating tasty edibles all around the city. Cathy’s a local chef and author. Her recent book, Southern Harvest Cookbook, explores the tasty culinary traditions of our region.

The City of Asheville is home to many tasty edible plantings on public property, including a healthy population of Serviceberries, Paw Paws and Persimmons. This workshop is conducted in partnership with the City of Asheville and the Office of Sustainability's Asheville Edibles program, working to implement food growing and use initiatives as part of implementation of the Food Policy Action Plan.

Stay tuned for details for the Fall session featuring tasty PawPaw and Persimmons fruits.  

AVL Edibles crowd-source map is LIVE!

Add your favorite neighborhood edibles, locate trees and edible plants in your neighborhood, and help make this public resource a robust way to access tasty information. Access the map HERE!

Internal page of Asheville Edibles crowd-source story map - see what's growing in your neighborhood!

In 2018 Asheville Buncombe Food Policy and Asheville City staff conducted an Asheville edibles inventory to locate and identify edibles on city property. Following this activity a map was created documenting known sites and utilizing a crowd-source platform. The map draft is now complete and we encourage residents to record their favorite edibles they would like to share with other city residents.  

The edibles map is public and data points entered should include only those sites that are on your land or on public land. The map can be accessed by phone or computer and photos are encouraged along with descriptions of the edibles on site.

Cover page of Asheville Edibles Map

ABFPC announces new structure

In 2019 ABFPC finalized a long anticipated structure change shifting away from long-standing “clusters” to action oriented “working groups”.  Working groups are dynamic entities formed around identified research, policy, and/or advocacy goals.

ABFPC’s General Council now conducts quarterly governance meetings charged with organizational strategic planning, evaluation and administration.

The newly formed Policy Mobilization Hub meets monthly (8x/year) as a venue for cross-pollination between active working groups, to determine ABFPC policy agenda and priorities, and to support working groups in on-the-ground action planning.

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