ASAP’s team provides consulting services with an in-depth knowledge of local food systems, grassroots organizing, program creation and implementation, and a proven ability to successfully manage and evaluate projects of all sizes.
For over a decade, ASAP has helped communities preserve their agricultural heritage, increase access to fresh, healthy food, and strengthen family farms. We’ve partnered with individuals, organizations, and farmers to become a national leader in the local food movement. Our consulting services take a distinctively holistic approach that considers the people, practices, and policies necessary to build and maintain a strong local food system.
- Conducting community-based local food and farm assessments
- Replicating key leverage strategies for building and scaling local food systems
- Providing guidance to maximize the impact of local food branding and promotional campaigns
- Training and program development for farm to school projects
- Supporting increased accessibility of farmers markets, including ways to establish and manage EBT programs
- Conducting outcomes-based, user-centered program and/or project evaluations
- Engaging stakeholders in strategic planning around actionable steps for local food system development
- Organizing, training, and providing ongoing support to local food working groups
- Providing professional presentations, workshops, trainings, and reports
ASAP has extensive background in designing and implementing grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), including the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). ASAP is available for training and consulting with both of these grant programs, as well as many other USDA grant opportunities.
“ASAP’s expertise helped us think through the branding and marketing needs of our burgeoning local food program. ASAP’s expertise helped us target our outreach population and, through the process of meticulously focusing our efforts, goals and objectives, develop multiple branding strategies to reach our population. From this we have been able to develop into a highly recognizable brand.”– Dr. Leslie Hossfeld, Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Project