National Trip Day 14
After a looooong plane ride from Chicago, preceded by a much shorter one from Asheville, N.C. at the crack of dawn, we touched ground at home. SUCCESS!
National Trip Day 12
Our daily coordinator keeping us on schedule for the day…
…and making sure everything is just right.
Passed a paper mill in Canton, NC on the way to our first stop of the day.
Chef Charles hired to develop new products, reveals his new creation – trout burgers!
Sunburst provides frequent and reliable delivery of fresh product to area restaurants and supermarkets – my dinner the night before at one of Asheville’s fine restaurants!
Van also spoke about his passion for conserving increasingly rare woodland herbs, such as ramps or wild leeks.
Hop’n Blueberry works with organizations such as the Xerxes Society to provide habitat for butterflies and bees.
Van explains how an underground bumblebee hive works – complete with milkweed floss which was prized for its insulating features in naval jackets – better than down and non-allergenic.
Van motions toward the fields of hops while the rest of us keep our hands in warm places.
National Trip Day 11
First morning we were treated to 30 degrees F, and frost on the plants.
National Trip Day 10
After a super couple of days in Raleigh, today we were off to the Research Triangle to meet with BASF and see this impressive area.
We learned a lot about the many partnerships BASF has formed to provide a broad array of products used worldwide. Their technological advancements and productivity is impressive!