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EARTH DAY: IT'S ABOUT CHANGING THE WAY WE LIVE 0 Q SMMrts at Evorfroo Charter School lk at a ArtarrtwiMWaAMriay. EMH8KimUfVBTHAllarat TIMES Ci Ejrtk nfM y an odticator fnxa N.C. Activism abounds in WNC By Alexandra Morris . AM0RRtSOGANNETT.COM ASHEVILLE Throughout Asheville on Wednesday, activists and just plain folks set out to change how people in Western North Carolina live. Many activities were designed to make the point that Earth Day is not just about picking up litter once a year and vowing to buy more organic vegetables. It's about supporting the local economy and managing limited resources with responsible living. At the French Broad Food Co-op, employees, owners and local farmers gathered outside on the sunny, windy day to give out free samples and remind shoppers of three things in particular, organic, local and bulk foods. - "We are trying to educate people that ' this is a store committed not just to making money, it is committed to community and the environment" said Kelly Fain, co-op marketing manager. At the co-op and across Western North Carolina on Wednesday, hundreds of farmers, entrepreneurs, parents, children, college students, professional ecologists, neighbors and even dogs ventured out into WEB EXTRA 4 Visit Crnnx-TMESM for a photo gallery of('; K Earth Day events."- V,; ,' .-.'J the sunshine to take part in the 39-year old environmental-consciousness day. They celebrated Earth at schools, picked metal out of a ditch, and made rain-barrels at the same time they supported small businesses and urged present-day prudence to improve the future. At the French Broad co-op, more than 850 owners support the business by buying small equity stakes, shopping there and sharing in any profit These are the people that live here, so much of the money stays in the community rather than going to corporate headquarters somewhere," Fain said. Local farmers, in the co-op's first tailgate market of the season, offered everything from local herbs to shiitake mushrooms. The Mate Factor provided samples of its stimulating organic drink, and there was free popcorn for all. ' - Plots to EARTH on AS

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  1. Asheville Citizen-Times,
  2. 23 Apr 2009, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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