Burton St and the {Re}Happening

0405141945aCongratulations to DeWayne BeLove Barton who was a key member of this collaborative art installation at the annual {Re}Happening out at Lake Eden, Black Mountain which took place month.  Anyone who knows DeWayne would have recognized his work immediately. His style is unique and thought provoking. DeWayne and Safi are the founders and maintainers of the Burton Street Peace Gardens on Bryant st, behind the rec center.


The Burton Street Community Association will be commemorating and celebrating the 4th year of the revival of the 1st Regional Agricultural Fair initiated and hosted by E. W. Pearson in 1913.

The Burton Street Community Association will be commemorating and celebrating the 4th year of the revival of the 1st Regional Agricultural Fair initiated and hosted by E. W. Pearson in 1913. This first Regional Agriculture Fair drew crowds in the thousands which included black and white attendees. The Agriculture Fair was first held in the historic Burton Street Neighborhood.
The 4th Agriculture Fair is being held on Friday, August 30, 2013 from 6PM to 9PM and Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 10AM-8PM at 143 Burton Street in West Asheville.
The Agriculture Fair will kick off on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 6PM in the Burton Street Community Center with a program remembering the vision, determination and love of community that E. W. Pearson our founder exemplified. We will continue to honor his legacy of working towards a culture of sustainability.
Saturday, August 31, 2013 festivities will begin with a parade at 12PM. The parade will begin at top of Burton Street and end on the field behind the Burton Street Center. There will be food/ Art & craft vendors, demonstrations “From Garden to Preserving in the Mason Jar”, Community /Garden Tours, Blue Ribbon competition, children’s activity area, live music by local artist and various tournaments.
The Burton Street Agriculture Fair is being presented by the Burton Street Community Association and Co-Sponsored by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Division and WNC Alliance.

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Use the link to download the Blue Ribbon Contest Entry Form

Piece in Atlantic about Transition Towns | Community Buzz

Piece in Atlantic about Transition Towns | Community Buzz.

The movement’s basic premises are that the consequences of peak oil and climate change are imminent; that governments and entrenched powers are not yet taking necessary action; and that the most practical response is for local communities to transition to resilient, localized communities that wean themselves off of fossil fuels and long-distance trade. 

Start Fresh…Aim High

Many of our local churches host Watch Night services to ring in the new year.  It’s a proud and deeply rooted tradition that let’s us count the blessings of this past year, reckon with those things we wish to let go, then free ourselves of limitations as we imagine a new year filled with possibility.

For the Burton Street Community, the blessings of 2011 are worth mentioning.

In early 2011, we continued implementation of our newly developed neighborhood plan by hosting our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  A crew of Americorp members and community volunteers braved the chilly weather to start the clean-up of Smith Mill Creek on the northern border of the Burton Street Community.  (Stay tuned for info about this years Day of Service!)

Starting in early Spring, the Peace Gardens held their first annual seed & plant sales.  Enough funds were raised to pay for much needed greenhouse supplies and the spring & summer seed purchase.  Many thanks to the community for their love & support!

Photo courtesy of Oppenheim Photography

As Summer drew near, Luke Perry & Asheville Design Center launched  the area’s first Design-Build Studio.  Building on the ideas of re-use and re-purposing found throughout the community, a group of college students (lead by Luke Perry) designed and built a unique and functional outdoor learning center overlooking the Peace Gardens.  Since completion, the project has garnered national attention:  check out this article!

And, we hope you were all with us at this year’s Burton Street Agriculture Fair and Farmer’s Jubilee.  We had such a good time.  Consider helping out this year!

As 2011 drew to a close, a dedicated group of folks put some finishing touches on plans for a technology center and solar panel installation imagined at The Burton Street Recreation Center.  Asheville Design Center continues to be a treasured community partner and we look forward to closer ties and exciting projects as 2012 unfolds.

We welcome 2012 and are eager to continue the great works of our community!  We welcome newcomers, bid farewell to those who are leaving, and create closer and closer ties between neighbors.

REMEMBER:  Community meetings are the 3rd Monday of each month at 6 pm.  All meetings are held at the Burton Street Recreation Center, unless otherwise posted.  Hope to see you there!

It wouldn’t be possible without YOU!

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.  Marianne Williamson

The work of building community is no solitary exercise.  It takes so many of us, willing to work together or on behalf of each other, to weave this essential web.  Many folks have come together and are working on behalf of Burton Street to make this year’s Fair a reality, and to you all we extend our gratitude:

  • B & B Pharmacy
  • Western North Carolina Alliance
  • Wholesale Glass & Mirror
  • UNCA – Dr. Ken Betsalel’s Civic Engagement Class
  • UNCA – Lisa Kloeppel’s Eco-Art Class
  • Warren-Wilson – Drs. Dean Kahl & Steve Cartier’s freshman seminar
  • Green Opportunities
  • West Riverside Weed & Seed
  • Guitar Trader
  • West Asheville History Project
  • Sharon Fahrer
  • Kitty Love
  • Mark Prudowsky
  • Jon Fillman, City of Asheville
  • Agriculture Fair Organizing Committee:  Vivian Conley, Chas Jansen, Empress Seba, Ayanfe Free, Cliff Cotton, B Love, Karen Loughmiller, Marnie Silverberg, Krystan Bryce, and Ekua Edissa.
  • The musicians
  • The vendors

And, most importantly, YOU!  We look forward to an afternoon filled with good fun & neighborly love this Saturday…

Agriculture Fair & Moving Planet!

Less than two weeks ’til the 2nd annual revival of the Burton Street Agriculture Fair & Farmers Jubilee!

It’s been a fun planning process with a great core group of folks from the Burton Street & greater Wes]]> We’re excited to be a host for one of the three Moving Planet events that day!

MOVING PLANET ASHEVILLE WHEN:       Saturday, September 24, 2011 , 3:00-11:00pm, RAIN OR SHINE WHERE:    Presbyterian Church parking area (Lexington Ave. and Aston Street downtown), Burton Street Community Center Grounds (134 Burton Street, West Asheville), & UNC Asheville’s quadrangle COST:         FREE and open to the public INFO:         Erica Palmer erica@wnca.org, Chas Jansen cjansen@mtsu.edu , & Macon Foscue dmfoscue@unca.edu  Remembering the wave of democratic political changes occurring throughout the world, Moving Planet events around the world are bringing people to the streets, demanding action on climate change (more info at www.350.org).  Asheville’s Moving Planet event on September 24th, 2011 takes place in three different venues to reach diverse segments of our community and to focus on how we might help move the world beyond fossil fuels. At the end of Kickoff Ceremonies downtown, an Asheville on Bikes Caravan will wend its way to the Burton Street Agricultural Fair and Moving Planet Asheville will take the stage to highlight ways this neighborhood is reducing the city’s carbon footprint.  Green Opportunities will touch on their retrofiting existing housing for energy efficiency.  The Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy will address plans for a private/public partnership placing PV solar panels on the Burton Street Community Center.  And Transition Asheville’s Food Action Group will emphasize how food security through local agriculture helps in many ways to reduce our carbon footprint while improving health.  The Bike Caravan will then move on to the UNCA campus where Active Students for Health and the Environment (ASHE) is holding the Flip the Switch Concert as another part of Moving Planet.

In the Spirit of E.W. Pearson: A Poem

Building and maintaining community is sometimes messy, sometimes uncomfortable, often hard work, and almost always rewarding.  The truth is:  We need each other.  Probably in ways we’ve never imagined.  And, if we’re wise, we will turn to those who came before us to light the way

I’m privileged to be a part of a community who is doing just that!

The following poem was written by life-long Burton Street resident, Charles W. Conley.  His parents owned their home and raised their family in the Burton Street Community.  The senior Mr. Conley cultivated the rich ground, now the original site of the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens, next to his home on Bryant Street–a prolific garden that fed his strong family.  One of the many strong families that makes Burton Street a place we love to live!

In the Spirit of E.W. Pearson

Exemplifying the triumphant feats of glory,
     perseverance and pride

With visions for Our nation, cities and communities
     for the betterment

Personifying what Unity brings and the coming together
     to make giant strides

Empowering generations to come and that with
     hardwork comes contentment

A solute to E.W. Pearson, DeWayne and crew for what
     they brings to the table

Reachin’ for the Stars; we’ve come so very_____far.
     “Shared dreams of Oneness.”

Others will follow in footsteps
     Nothing is impossible just focus and stay in STEP…

By:  Charles W. Conley
West Asheville & Burton Street Resident