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2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference – Register Now!

The Southeast is having a farm to school gathering and you are invited!

On September 23-24, 2016 in Greenville, SC, join teachers, early childhood educators, parents, community health professionals, and child nutrition staff from across the Southeast to strengthen existing programs and jump start new farm to school efforts.

The preschool track of the conference is pre-approved as a continuing education activity for early childhood educators in SC, NC, and GA. In addition, the entire conference has been approved for all states as a continuing education activity by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. All attendees will receive certificates of completion. State networking sessions will be provided for states within USDA’s SE region: NC, SC, FL, KY, TN, GA, AL, and MS.

Friday, September 23 – Pre-conference day with field trips to sites in Upstate SC and a local foods reception.
Saturday, September 24 – Full day conference and state networking sessions.
The field trips and reception will be an additional charge with limited capacity.

Full information including the workshop schedule and field trip details is available on the Growing Minds website.

Want to promote your support of farm to school? Consider sponsoring the conference! Check out sponsorship opportunities here!

 

ASAP’s Local Food Experience

Thank you to everyone who attended, supported, and participated in our first Local Food Experience!

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A big thank you to the following businesses for donating their time and talents to our local food tasting: 
Buxton Hall Barbecue with Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek, Biltmore Coffee Roasters, French Broad Chocolates, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, HomeGrown with Green River Picklers, Imladris Farm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Looking Glass Creamery, Sunburst Trout Farms, Ultimate Ice Cream, UNC Asheville Dining, and Waynesville Soda Jerks.

Another big thank you to our silent auction donors: Addison Farms Vineyard, Asheville Farm To Table Tours, East Fork Farm, Franny’s Farm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Noble Cider, Omni Grove Park Inn, Root Bottom Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery, and The Montford Bar and Lounge with Chef Philip Boellhoefer.

We’d also like to thank Mountain Food Products for donating local cherry tomatoes (from Ivy Creek Family Farm and Freedom Farm), Hendersonville Community Co-op for donating napkins and forks, and Highland Brewing Company for hosting us in their beautiful new event space!

We couldn’t have done this event without the incredible support of our volunteer and interns!

And of course–thanks to all of YOU for attending and supporting our work to build a thriving local food system.

 

ASAP’s 2016 Farm Tour was farm-tastic!

Thank you for joining us for our 2016 Farm Tour! Relive the fun by visiting our Facebook or Instagram page and searching hashtag #asapfarmtour.

We would love to hear your Farm Tour stories and feedback! Share your tour experience by clicking on this survey link, and be entered into a drawing to win a FREE 2017 Farm Tour car pass.

If you missed the tour, or are excited to visit more local farms, use our online Local Food Guide to search nearby farms to visit, or check out other farm events and tours near you at fromhere.org.

Plus, save the date for the 2017 Farm Tour, June 24 & 25! 

The 2015 Appalachian Grown Survey Results Are In!

This past March, ASAP’s Local Food Research Center sent a survey to all Appalachian Grown (AG) certified farms. The purpose of this survey was to better understand the experiences of farmers in our region, learn about the impact of our work, and to gather feedback to help shape the program’s future direction. We are very pleased to share that we received responses from 222 farms.

Our 2015 AG Producer Survey Report contains the findings from the survey and a summary of selected survey results from over the last three years. Highlights from our findings:

  • Most farmers report that there are more market outlets available to them in 2015 compared to 2014;
  • Customers are specifically asking for AG certified products – 68% of respondents reported that customers are asking for AG certified products;
  • Farmers are using AG materials to brand their products – 47% of farmers’ total sales were identified as AG;
  • Farmers consider AG promotional materials to be very important in helping to increase sales;
  • Restaurants are the biggest area of increased sales – 29% reported that their sales to restaurants increased from 2014 to 2015.

Our 2016 Appalachian Grown survey will be sent in January 2017.

ASAP is Now On the Air!

“Growing Local” is a new radio series on WNCW on Mondays during Morning Edition at 8:45 am. “Growing Local” comes from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, and will feature stories about local food and farms in the Southern Appalachians.

If you miss an episode on the radio, you can follow our SoundCloud page, where they’ll be posted each week. Or, like our Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with “Growing Local”.

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