Sustainable WNCThe Gateway to Sustainability in Western North Carolina
After high school Bill Whipple completed the one year program in alternative agriculture at Sterling Academy in Vermont in 1983. He lived very close to the land on his homestead in rural West Virginia for 15 years where he still tends 1 acre of organic pear trees he vends at Greenlife and the organic tailgate markets.
Now a renter in Asheville for 6 years, he has gone from 'King of the cove' in West Virgina to 'serf in the city'. The confines of urbanity have made him more creative and adaptive like the turkeys and coyotes. He has been the care taker of the Washington Carver Edible Park for 2 years and works as a free agent of the community with no direct affiliations. Seeing himself more as an integrator playing 'community service fish'. (You got any 7's?) He counts among his friends, Asheville Parks and Recreation, Bountiful Cities Project, Men's Garden Club, the Bee Club, and Quality forward.
I live with 10,000 red wiggler earth worms (my city pigs) at the foot of my bed, vegetable gardens in my back yard, side yard, and at work. At one in an empty lot, I have 3 bee hives and over 100 potted fruit trees. My housemate's basement is full of gardening supplies, potatoes, canned food and wine, boxes of grafted fruit trees from this winter's propagation efforts, and I'm getting a barrel to raise catfish in. Did I mention during the day I am a studio furniture maker at the Grovewood Gallery?
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