Asheville Event Celebrates People, Planet + Prosperity


Asheville Event Celebrates People, Planet + Prosperity

  • Dayna Reggero

    Dayna Reggero travels to work locally around the globe. Her latest effort is the Climate Listening Project film series.

I shared a post on Asheville Grit in December of 2014 about Accelerating Appalachia as part of the Climate Listening Project.
Accelerating Appalachia has since selected a dynamic group of nature-based businesses and entreprenuers, who have been participating in an intensive accelerator program over the past few months. Many of these businesses are presenting at the 2015 Accelerating Appalachia Pitch Party on Thursday, May 14th with special guest Judy Wicks, co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and author of, “Good Morning Beautiful Business”.

“The young entrepreneurs I’m hearing about in Asheville, starting businesses their community needs, bringing their love, care and energy to build a beautiful business for their community, inspire me.”
- Judy Wicks

The 2015 businesses include:
Farmer-Baker-Sausage Maker is a company that seeks to energize the local economy by returning to foods crafted by hand. Their restaurant, Harvest Moon Grille, nourishes its patrons and the local economy by sourcing its ingredients from small-scale farms within 100 miles.
Green River Picklers strives to produce the highest quality pickled vegetables using the simplest and most sustainable means. Locally sourced, consciously produced, and hand-packed in small batches, Green River Picklers aims to pay tribute to Southern heritage by continuing family traditions and preserving local food, while continuously fostering growth in our community. 
GrowJourney is a seeds of the month club specializing in certified organic heirloom seeds, making organic gardening simple for members across the United States and Canada. 
River Island Apothecary is a product line of all-botanical perfume and skin care designed and produced in thoughtful batches by Katie Vie.
Smiling Hara Tempeh is the only company offering soy-free tempeh on the market today. Over-consumption of processed soy in the vegan/vegetarian populations is causing health issues, and consumers are looking to companies like Smiling Hara to offer nutrient dense, high quality plant-based protein
The Pitch Party is May 14th, 5 PM - 7:30 PM, at the Millroom at Asheville Brewing Company, 66 Asheland Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. Tickets and details.

Read more about the Climate Listening Project and watch the trailer here on Asheville Grit. Share your climate story and see what other people are saying on Facebook @ Climate Listening Project.
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