Monday, April 22nd is the annual international celebration of Earth Day. You probably aren’t surprised that Asheville hosts a number of local events to spread awareness about the environment throughout April. But Asheville is also a community known for its activism, care for the earth, and involved community all year long.
We encourage our residents to embrace earth day every day. If you’re in Asheville or moving to the area, here are some things you may want to know.
The Southern Appalachian Mountains are part of a very unique bioregion. The ecological areas of Western North Carolina can be broken down in terms of high and low elevation and the mountains possess a lot of indigenous biodiversity.
For example, the summit of Mt. Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi at a 6,684-foot elevation. Due to the elevation, the mountain sustains an ecosystem that can draw more comparisons with Canada than other areas of Western North Carolina.
By contrast, another popular mountain in our area is Max Patch in Madison County near the Carolina/Tennessee border. Max Patch is a part of the Bald Mountains within the Blue Ridge range. The peak of the mountain is above the treeline, giving visitors a 360-degree view.
That also means Max Patch needs protection, and there have been occasions in the past where uninformed individuals failed to respect nature by riding prohibited vehicles on the bald causing damage. Many residents were appalled at the destruction and worked together to heal the land.
While Asheville is a city like any other, many of the residents here feel a pull to be stewards of the land. The Appalachian Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world and they are the same geological formation that created the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland and portions of the Scottish Highlands. This explains why the area was a destination for so many Irish and Scottish settlers generations ago!
Choosing to live in Asheville often comes with a desire to reduce your carbon footprint. There are many ways to do that, including:
Of course, there are other things you can do such as collecting water in rain barrels or even considering solar power to supplement the electrical grid.
Working with an agent who understands your desire to live in an environmentally conscious way can do a lot for your ability to find your perfect house in Asheville or beyond. At New Earth AVL Realty, we support sustainable practices, permaculture, earth-centered movements, and community involvement.
Even if you’re outside of the Asheville area, we can work with you to find the right agent where you are located as a part of our nationwide network.
This year, my commitment to the environment is specifically tailored to the bioregion and community. As is tradition for some real estate agents, I am committed to providing a gift to homebuyers when they close on their home, and I want that gift to reflect my personal values and values of the community. To achieve that, my new homeowners will receive fruit or nut trees to plant on their land, as one of their closing gifts.
We are partnering with a local visionary organization, named “Whole Tree Regenerative Systems Design” to plant native fruit and nut trees. Homeowners will be able to select the trees they want to be professionally planted at their new home. We hope this gift allows new community members to feel a connection with the bioregion of the Asheville area in their new home. And, will be providing them abundance for years to come!