Suzanne Nolter

Suzanne Nolter of Blazing Star Flowers

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talked to farmer Suzanne Nolter, owner of Blazing Star Flowers. Suzanne is selling dried flowers and specialty chocolates—studded with herbs and flowers from her farm—at several holiday markets this season, including East Asheville Tailgate Market’s final market tomorrow … Read more

Nichole Efird

Nichole Efird

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month—National Farm to School month!—we’re talking to Nichole Efird, a pre-K teacher with the Cherokee Elementary in the Qualla Boundary. Nichole is part of the 2022-23 Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, which connects outstanding educators with mentors, creating opportunities … Read more

Tiana Kennell

Tiana Kennell at Jeter Mountain Farm

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to Tiana Kennell, the food and dining reporter for the Citizen Times. Tiana moved to Asheville last year from Shreveport, Louisiana, where she was the Louisiana Flavor Reporter for the Shreveport Times. Did you get to have any farm experiences … Read more

Kikkoman Shaw

Kikkoman Shaw, executive chef for Equal Plates Project

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to Kikkoman Shaw, executive chef for Equal Plates Project (formerly We Give a Share). The organization began during the pandemic as a way to support farmers with diminished sales outlets and provide community members in need with freshly prepared meals. The … Read more

Shaniqua Simuel

Shaniqua Simuel

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to Shaniqua Simuel, founder of Change Your Palate, a grassroots whole-food meal prep program focusing on BIPOC people who suffer from type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Shaniqua also works with the WNC Food Justice Planning Initiative and … Read more

Aaron Grier, John Fleer, and Brian Canipelli

John Fleer and Aaron Grier. Photo by We Give a Share.

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to farmer Aaron Grier of Gaining Ground Farm along with chefs John Fleer of Rhubarb and Brian Canipelli of Cucina 24 about what has made those chef-farmer relationships so strong over the past decade. (Photo of John … Read more

Charlie Jackson

Charlie Jackson

ASAP founder Charlie Jackson is retiring this month. For our Faces of Local interview, we asked him about what led him to farming in Western North Carolina and the organization’s early days. (Read more about ASAP’s history and agriculture in WNC here.) Where were you before ASAP?  I was in grad school in Maine and … Read more

James Smith & Kathy Phillips

chickens at Woven Roots Farmstead

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talked with Kathy Phillips, who is helping to resettle an Afghan refugee family in Black Mountain, and farmer James Smith of Woven Roots Farmstead (pictured). They connected in order to provide the family with live chickens. Tell me about how … Read more

Justin Jones & Mark Diaz

Justin Jones and Mark and Donna Diaz

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with farmers Justin Jones of Alta Vista Farm and Mark Diaz of CrossCreek Farm. Justin moved to Asheville in late 2020 and started farming through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy incubator program. Mark and his wife, Donna, raise Belted Galloway cattle and hay at CrossCreek … Read more

Faces of Local: Noel Poindexter

Noel Poindexter of Lunar Whale Herbs

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with farmer Noel Poindexter of Lunar Whale Herbs, a one-acre medicinal and culinary herb farm in Alexander. Noel sells at area farmers markets and offers a fresh herb CSA and apothecary boxes to connect customers to plant medicine. Meet her and find out more at the Asheville CSA Fair on March 11!

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