ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Scaling Up with Strong Values

It’s a glorious spring morning at Dry Ridge Farm in Mars Hill, North Carolina. The hillsides are lush and green as farmers Graham and Wendy Brugh walk up the gravel path to their new barn. If you perk up your […]Read More ▶▶


Farm to School Teacher Looks Back

The end of the school year is on the horizon and school gardens are flourishing. Many of the vegetables that students planted earlier in the spring are now ready for harvest. As kids eat the kale, carrots, and chard they […]Read More ▶▶


First Day Festivities

Outdoor farmers markets are starting up across the region, so it’s a good time to revisit the excitement from last year’s opening day of the outdoor Asheville City Market. We’ll take you back to a downtown destination where food and […]Read More ▶▶


A Farmer at your Front Door

Western North Carolina is on the cusp of spring. The redbud trees are bursting with color and daffodils line the streets of the West Asheville neighborhood. The seasons are changing, which means outdoor farmers markets are right around the corner. […]Read More ▶▶


What Does it Take to Run a Farmers Market

Spring is here and so are outdoor farmers markets! Farmers across the region are dusting off their tents and getting their products ready.  As you grab your shopping bag and jot down your grocery list, take a minute to think […]Read More ▶▶


Sawhorse Restaurant Embraces Family Memories and Local Farms

Everyone’s comfort food is different. For some people it’s a big salad filled with farmers market veggies. For others it’s a bowl of chicken and dumplings or a peach pie that reminds you of summer afternoons with family. “You kind […]Read More ▶▶


From a Family Cow to Livestock Farm

Relationships between farmers and customers are at the crux of the local food system. When people get to know their farmers, they can ask questions about how their food is produced. Talking to farmers is also a way to learn […]Read More ▶▶


Meet Your Farmer: Tumbling Shoals

Jason Roehrig of Tumbling Shoals Farm in Wilkes County, North Carolina grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t until he went to Madagascar that he realized he wanted to be a farmer. He was a Peace […]Read More ▶▶


Farm to School Adventures

The car door slams and Kim Knoppel starts the engine. She’s a program coordinator for the Growing Minds program with ASAP, and today she’s going to Burke County, North Carolina for a farm to school road trip. “We’re heading out […]Read More ▶▶


A Lifelong Farming Dream Made Real

From time to time, we feature stories about beginning farmers on our radio series and podcast Growing Local. We encourage farmers to share the hurdles they face, their strategies for overcoming challenges, and their motivations to start farming. Many new […]Read More ▶▶


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