ASAP’s Local Food Research Center has a new report: The Growth and Transition of Sustainable Production Practices in WNC. The report explores changes in the growing practices of local farmers from 2008 to 2016. We find that over this time period more farmers produced food for local markets using sustainable production practices; non-certified organic was the most commonly used practice. Find out more by reading the full report.
A hands-on conference for practitioners, researchers, and influencers to empower the practice of healthcare to support healthy eating.
The 2018 Healthy Eating in Practice Conference was held August 26-29, 2018, at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, jointly provided by ASAP, Duke University World Food Policy Center, University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and MAHEC.
Sign up to get updates about future Healthy Eating in Practice programs at www.healthyeatinginpractice.org.
ASAP’s Local Food Research Center has a new report entitled “The End of Tobacco and the Rise of Local Food in Western North Carolina.” For nearly a century farming in Western North Carolina revolved around tobacco. Rows of burley tobacco were commonplace throughout the region, and for generations farmers relied on this cash crop each season. That all changed with the passage of the tobacco buyout in 2004. This report finds that the region has all but lost tobacco but local food has emerged as a promising new direction for mountain farmers.
ASAP is on the air! Growing Local is ASAP’s weekly radio series that airs on WNCW on Mondays during Morning Edition at 8:45 am. Growing Local Radio comes from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, and features stories about local food and farms in the Southern Appalachians. We began the series in November 2015 and have almost 150 episodes to date.
If you miss an episode on the radio, or want to tune in to past episodes, you can follow our SoundCloud page, where they’ll be posted each week, or go to Growing Local on iTunes. All past episodes are also available on our website. Follow ASAP on Facebook and Twitter to receive weekly links to new episodes.
Your go-to resource for finding local food in the Southern Appalachian Mountains! ASAP’s Local Food Guide is a free directory of local food and family farms in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Use the guide to find farms, farmers markets, wineries, grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and bakers, farm stands, farms to visit, B&Bs, U-picks, CSAs, and much more.
Pick up a printed copy at a local businesses or welcome center, or use our online searchable guide at appalachiangrown.org. For businesses looking to connect with farms, use our Wholesale Local Food Guide to find local products for your business or restaurant.