Asheville ShareFest May 31st!

What Would Make it Easier to Share?

REAL Cooperative and SHARE Asheville present the first Annual Asheville ShareFest on May 31st in the parking lot of the French Broad Food Co-op and inside Co-Luminate downtown on Biltmore Ave.  Asheville will join cities all over the world to host a ShareFest on Saturday May 31st as part of #SharingSpring and Global Sharing Day to celebrate local Sharing Initiatives, Collaborative Consumption Resources, and the Preservation of the Commons. Share a Skill, Get Up and Perform, Swap some of your unused Stuff, Exchange some Seeds or Speak your Peace. This is a participant driven event and won’t be the same if you don’t show up and participate.

Activities will Include (but hopefully won’t be limited to):
Really Really Free Market (Stuff Swap), Skill Share, Bike Repair (At Recyclery), Seed Exchange, Entertainment (Open Mic, ‘Show and Tell No Talent Show’), Soap Box (Speak your Peace), Booths, Collaborative Art Projects, Kids Activities… What will you Share?
Find out more information:  or

This co-created event will showcase local organizations, projects and knowledge. Asheville ShareFest will highlight examples of the sharing economy which has become a (new) social safety net and multi billion dollar industry in the new economic framework. The event will be one of over 40 ShareFests taking place in cities around the world in the months of April, May and June as part of the international campaign coordinated by Shareable, Center for a New American Dream, OuiShare and The People Who Share.  Please let us know if you would like to co-create this event with us and offer a Skill, Performance, Activity by filling out this FORM.

SHARE Asheville will be hosting coordination meetings (link to FB Event and details) on Wednesday evening’s from 7-9pm 5/14, 5/21 and 5/28 if you would like to help make this event happen (nudge, nudge).

Contact Tom with any questions:



Asheville Tool Library: Tool News (November)

Hey Asheville,

Here’s the installment of our monthly Newsletter

Much to report:


$3,000 big ones!

Earlier this month we received an incredible gift and a challenge from Asheville resident Jonathan Reily. With a goal of raising $10,000 to start this project off right and a fundraising campaign that earlier this month was only 20% complete, Jonathan offered to double all contributions up to a total of $3,000!  We’re more than half way to that $3,000 goal and need your help to get over the hump in the next few days.

You can join the nearly 100 donors who have contributed to this project by clicking HERE.


$1,200 big ones!

Groundswell’s global coordination office is based in Asheville and is excited to support the Asheville Tool Library with funds raised from their 2013 Spring Seed Campaign. “We believe it’s important to invest in local leaders and innovators who are providing solutions to issues affecting our community,” says Chris Sacco, Groundswell’s Director of Operations. “Establishing a tool library in Asheville is a wonderful way to create community, reduce our impact on the environment, and generate economic well-being.” 

Groundswell International is a non-profit organization that works in partnership, locally and globally, to strengthen rural communities to build healthy farming and local food systems from the bottom up. Groundswell does this by investing in communities to lead their own development processes and by linking local organizations to wider food sovereignty movements.

To learn more about Groundswell, please visit:


Thank you all so very much for attending our Tool Talk event held at the co-op a few weeks back.  We had a smashin’ good time of getting folks together to talk about the new tool library – we were gifted tools, money and loads of advice from people like you. We put together a SURVEY for everyone to take during the event which had questions like, tools you want, classes you want, volunteer interests, etc – if you haven’t taken it, take it:

A big thank you to Mammacita‘s and Asheville Brewing Company Beer for supplying food and booze!

Pictures from the event taken by our friend, Grant Adkisson here: Tool Pics

Let’s Build it Together!

Anyone interested in helping to get this project off the ground?  2014 is just around the corner and we need some more community support before we can open the doors and start lending tools.

An open-to-the-public community meeting:
Wednesday November 13th from 6:30-8:30 we will be meeting at the office of the Dogwood Alliance (129 Biltmore Ave Asheville, NC 28801).

Please join us if your interested in volunteering and have 1 hr/month or 10hr/wk… we know everyone in town has something to offer.


Hey, ho – we’re accepting tool donations!

That’s right, if you’re interested in donating a new, or kindly used tool please get at us! Drills, saws, garden tools, BCS Tiller (!),  painting supplies, wrenches, sewing machines, generators, ladders, cobbling tools, leather working tools, wood working tools, bungee cords, etc etc… Bring em’!

Contact us here:

How to get in contact with us:

For general Inquires:
Volunteer Inquiry:

And finally, now something completely different…

Co-Creator of the Asheville Tool Library, Julian Dominic, will be giving a cooking class on corn! More specifically, Nixtamal:

One of the oldest techniques of corn preparation, Nixtamal (knee-shta-mal), refers to the process by which the revered grain is cooked in an alkali, hulled and eaten with your neighbors. Come enjoy the old method of cooking, hand-grinding, and eating the regional Kentucky Butcher Dent Corn – making tortillas from scratch!

NIXTAMAL: Corn Processing
Sunday, Nov. 10th, 5-7pm. @  V I L L L A G E R S

$5-15 (Proceeds go to Charlotte Got Crops)
Please RSVP, here

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Let’s start lending tools!

Nick, Tom, Julian and the growing tool team

P.S. We’ve extended our fundraising campaign ’till November 22nd!. Please consider a donation today.