This Week on Growing Local Radio
Spring is a pivotal time for farmers and food producers who rely on direct sales. While each season comes with challenges and opportunities, spring can feel like a leap of faith. Farmers start new crops, artisan food producers plan production schedules, and they all look forward to income from the first farmers markets.
This year, COVID-19 changed how the community accesses food, including the closure of the indoor Asheville City Market and the postponement of opening days for the region’s largest outdoor markets. Understandably, farmers were distressed about where they were going to sell their products. READ MORE
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Private Tour of Biltmore’s Agriculture & Forestry Operations
Thank you to the Biltmore for hosting two private farm tours of the estate’s agriculture and forestry operations this past Friday and Saturday. A special thanks to tour guide, Dr. Ted Katsigianis, VP of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Biltmore for sharing his expertise and time with us. It was a wonderful and educational experience, and we lucked out with the drier weather! All tour proceeds support ASAP’s programs to promote local food, strong farms, and healthy communities. Thank you to all who attended!
New Report from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center
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.