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At What Cost? Food Hubs, Walmart, and Local Food

By Charlie Jackson and Allison Perrett
March 26, 2014

It is generally recognized that we have big problems with our food system. Industry and government policies and practices are concealed in an anonymous and largely unsustainable global economic system that degrades individual and community health, harms the environment, and is failing to sustain our farms and communities. In this pervasive global system, the effects of our food choices are hidden, and we are unable to see our impacts as consumers and citizens.


North Carolina Sales Tax Laws Impacting Farmers & Farmers Markets

There have been lots of alterations to the North Carolina tax laws affecting farmers selling at farmers markets as well as new requirements for market managers. Changes are happening every day, so keep up-to-date at From Here and our Guide to Compliance with N.C.G.S. § 66-255 For Farmers Market Managers and Vendors.



Farm Tour 2014 – Save the Date!

It’s never too early to start planning for the Farm Tour! We’re starting to reach out to farmers now for that wonderful weekend of local food, farms, and fun! Save the weekend of September 20-21, 2014 for the 2014 Farm Tour!

Business of Farming Conference

Missed our 2014 conference? View several conference presentations at ASAP’s slideshare site, and sign up here to be added to our conference mailing list.


Get in the Guide!

Attention all Appalachian Grown (and those who want to be!) farms and partners: NOW’s the time to create and/or update your listings in our 2014 Local Food Guide, the region’s go-to local food resource. How? Create an account and listing online. If you already have an account and just need to edit your info, simply log in. If you’d prefer to talk to a guide representative, you can expect a call from them between now and year’s end, or call 828-236-1282 for assistance.

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