ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Meet the Bradley Family on Farm Tour

When Carolyn Bradley looks out on the lush hills of her family farm and the cattle grazing on pastures of clover, she is a link in a multigenerational chain. Carolyn and her husband Mike are the owners of Farmhouse Beef […]Read More ▶▶

How to Support Flooded Farms

Alyssa Moreno of SMM Farms in Hayesville will never forget what she calls “the worst day ever.” She walked out to her family’s strawberry fields to find flood waters rising, and the farm’s main cash crop completely underwater. She estimates […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Bison and Watusi Cattle on Farm Tour

ASAP’s Farm Tour is coming up on June 23rd and 24th, and this month on Growing Local we’ll meet some of the farmers on the tour. The self-guided tour features more than 20 farms that produce vegetables, grains, meat, fiber, […]Read More ▶▶

Teenagers Teach Kids How to Love Local Food

The car door slams and Kim Knoppel starts the engine. She’s a program coordinator for the Growing Minds program with ASAP, and today she’s going to Burke County, North Carolina for a farm to school road trip. “We’re heading out […]Read More ▶▶

From Computer Desks to Corn Fields

If you were looking for Julie Mansfield and Carl Evans during the dot com boom of the 1990s, you’d find them at their desks in front of computers, developing software for banks and insurance companies. “We worked together at a […]Read More ▶▶

Why I Support Local Food

Rebecca Collins is passionate about local food. She’s a graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville where she’s pursuing a degree in Sustainable Studies. When she’s not learning about food, she works at the farmers market in Waynesville where she […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Your Farmers: The Moreno Family

The Moreno family’s farming roots stretch back to Mexico where Salvador Moreno Senior herded goats as a young boy. It was a long journey to Hayesville, North Carolina where he and his family now grow and sell produce under the […]Read More ▶▶

A Farmers Market Road Trip

Pack up your cooler and your sense of adventure for a farmers market road trip this weekend. May 5th is the opening day of the Travelers Rest Farmers Market in South Carolina. It’s about an hour south of Asheville and […]Read More ▶▶

Musician Returns to Tennessee Farming Roots

From agriculture to music, Appalachian culture is rich with traditions. The land provides endless inspiration for farmer and musician Barry Bales. He and his family run Bales Farms, a 6th-generation family farm in Tennessee that sells pastured pork and poultry, […]Read More ▶▶

First Day of Market Festivities

Today we’ll take you on trip to a downtown destination where food and community fill the streets of Asheville, North Carolina. Music from the local band Empire Strikes Brass echoes through downtown as farmers, customers, and vendors kick off the […]Read More ▶▶

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