ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities



Find the ASAP staff directory below. For general inquiries, fill out our contact form or call the ASAP office at 828-236-1282.

Operations  |  Communications  |  Local Food Campaign  |  Local Food Research Center  |  Growing Minds

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Charlie Jackson Executive Director

828-236-1282 x 105

Communications and Development

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Scott Bunn Development Director

828-236-1282 x 118
Contact me...
  • To make a donation to support ASAP
  • To sponsor an event or program such as the Farm Tour, the Local Food Guide, our Business of Farming Conference, our Growing Minds Farm to School Program, and more
  • If you are a member of the media and need information about local food and ASAP
  • If you’re interested in having ASAP speak or table at your event
  • With questions our e-newsletters and classified and events on
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Robin Lenner Events Coordinator

828-236-1282 x 112
Contact me...
  • To get involved with the Business of Farming Conference, Farm Tour, and other ASAP events
  • For information about our internship program or volunteer opportunities
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Jaclyn Mace Operations Coordinator

828-236-1282 x 108
Contact me...
  • For accounts payable, accounts receivable, or other finance inquiries

Local Food Campaign

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Molly Nicholie Program Director

828-236-1282 x 111
Contact me...
  • If you’re a farmer looking to connect with ASAP’s services (business planning, marketing, QuickBooks, farm assessments, market connections)
  • If you’re a buyer looking to find sources of specific local food products in our region
  • If you’re a farmers market manager/supporter looking for marketing assistance for existing markets or help in planning a new market
  • For assistance navigating our Local Food Guide or Mixing Bowl to find food and farm products in our region; to become a Local Food Guide distribution location
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Mike McCreary Program Coordinator

Contact me...
  • For information or assistance with Asheville City Market and Asheville City Market South
  • To inquire about support and resources for farmers market operations, management, and promotion
  • For information about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiatives
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Lee Seabrook Art Coordinator

828-236-1282 x 117
Contact me...
  • If you need any of ASAP’s logos
  • To share great pictures of food and farms in WNC and the Southern Appalachians
  • If you’re a farm or local food business and need help sourcing a designer or printer
  • To provide feedback about the Appalachian Grown products/materials we offer
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Trish Tripp Market Assistant

Contact me...
  • For assistance navigating Asheville City Market during your shopping trip
  • At Asheville City Market for your debit/credit/EBT transactions
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David Smiley Program Coordinator

828-236-1282 x123
Contact me...
  • To discuss Appalachian Grown Cost Share funding
  • With questions about Appalachian Grown and the Local Food Guide
  • About our Appalachian Grown certification program and promotional materials

Local Food Research Center

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Allison Perrett Researcher/Administrator

828-236-1282 x 106
Contact me...
  • To learn more about ASAP’s paid consulting services
  • To discuss ASAP’s current research projects
  • With general questions about the Local Food Research Center
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Carlye Gates Program Coordinator

828-236-1282 x121
Contact me...
  • To learn about ASAP’s consulting services
  • With general questions about the Local Food Research Center

Growing Minds Farm to School

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Emily Jackson Program Director

828-236-1282 x 101
Contact me...
  • Partnering with ASAP/Growing Minds
  • Policy initiatives
  • Consulting
  • State or regional initiatives
  • Farm to Preschool
  • Burke County Farm to School Project
  • Farm to school training and technical assistance (teachers, child nutrition staff, farmers, community members)
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Jessica Sparks-Mussulin Program Coordinator

828-236-1282 x104
Contact me...
  • Farm to School Funding (mini-grants and cooking stipends)
  • Growing Minds @ University Project
  • Teacher resources (stickers, recipe cards, lending library, cooking equipment, etc)
  • Farm to school resources including lesson plans, nutrition education activities, garden and farm activities, farm field trip guides, and school garden resources
  • Growing Minds @ Market and promotion of EBT programs for farmers tailgate markets

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