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Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Southern Appalachian Farmers Preserve Seed Saving Traditions

Picking out seeds is one of the joys of spring. Flipping through a seed catalogue and dreaming of the summer’s harvest is a highlight of the season for farmers and home gardeners. Yet many seeds from major national companies are […]Read More ▶▶


Local Farmers Join Forces to Raise Grassfed Beef

Consumer interest in grassfed beef is on the rise. National studies indicate that the demand for grassfed beef has grown at an annual rate of 25-30% over the past 10 years, and local markets are stepping up. Bass Hyatt raises […]Read More ▶▶


A Deep Dive into the Business of Farming

Have you ever wondered what farmers do all winter? Even when the soil is too cold or muddy to be worked or the animals slow down production, there is still plenty of work to be done. In fact much of […]Read More ▶▶


When Hogs Marched Through Asheville: The History of Drover’s Road

Picture yourself standing in Asheville during the 1820s. In the fall, you’d likely see hundreds or even thousands of hogs, turkeys, and ducks walking through downtown on the Drover’s Road. Farmers from western North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky herded their […]Read More ▶▶


CSA Fair Kicks Off Spring Season

Imagine getting a big box of veggies every week, no shopping required. Skip the line at the grocery store and forget about checking calories. A CSA is a way to simplify eating and cooking, where the freshest local produce is […]Read More ▶▶


Can’t Move Mountains: How Geography Shapes Local Farms

Have you ever wondered why there are so many small family farms here? In other parts of the country larger-scale commercial operations line the highways with hundreds, or even thousands, of acres of a single crop, so why not here? […]Read More ▶▶


Why I Farm All Winter: Local Farms Respond to Community Demand

Winter markets are bustling this year. Crowds of people come together each weekend at markets across the region, including the Asheville City Market where towers of fresh veggies greet the community when they walk through the door. Market manager Mike […]Read More ▶▶


Discover the Business of Farming

Imagine a place where farmers and buyers join forces. Relationships are forged, connections are made, and a locally-sourced meal joins everyone together. This place is not a figment of our local food-loving imaginations. It happens right here every winter at […]Read More ▶▶


One Farmer’s Story: Pangaea Plants

Last summer farmer Gabriel Noard, owner of Pangaea Plants, poured his heart and soul into a crop of watermelon on his 24-acre farm in Rutherford County North Carolina. These “Moon and Stars” watermelon—a heirloom variety known for its speckled green […]Read More ▶▶


Why Winter Markets Rule

A crowd of people line up on the street waiting for the doors to open at Asheville City Market. They huddle with neighbors and friends until the doors are unlocked and everyone rushes in. It’s not a movie premiere. It’s […]Read More ▶▶


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