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Hmong Farmers Find Safety in WNC

Tou Lee stands in the middle of a rice field at Lee’s One Fortune Farm in Marion, North Carolina. He pulls on a glove, runs his hand up the stalk and over the tassel, and shakes individual grains of rice […]Read More ▶▶

Harvesting Rice at Lee’s One Fortune Farm

Tou Lee walks through the rice field at Lee One’s Fortune Farm in Marion, North Carolina. There was a big storm last night and the bottom of the rice plants are submerged in water and mud. “Be careful where you […]Read More ▶▶

Quality First at Headwaters Market Garden

The daily work of a farmer often involves a lot of physical labor, but farmers also do plenty of analyzing and strategizing. “We are constantly talking about, thinking about, planning, asking ourselves, ‘How do we market better? How do we […]Read More ▶▶

Community Story: Preserving Farmland and Passing Down Values

Earlier this summer, ASAP invited members of the community to come to our storybooth to talk about how local food is part of their lives.  George Ivey from Hendersonville, North Carolina stepped right up with his 15-month-old son. His baby […]Read More ▶▶

Workplace Wellness: Farm Fresh at Work

Living healthy requires effort. And some workplaces are taking the lead in encouraging people to live the healthiest lives they can. Workplace wellness programs have emerged as an option for employers to help workers adopt healthy habits. Larger workplaces often […]Read More ▶▶

Community Story: Finding Out Where Food Comes From

Each week on Growing Local, we share the sounds of local food in action. We visit farms, talk to chefs, go to farmers markets and schools to talk to people about their role in the food system. Once a year […]Read More ▶▶


Alan Ward Innovates Apple Country

It’s a misty morning in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Rain dances on the tin roof of a 1940s barn at Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider. Owner Alan Ward gives us a tour of the historic space he’s turned into a tasting […]Read More ▶▶

50 Years of U-Pick Apples

Mike and Rita Stepp are standing in their 70-acre farm and apple orchard in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The apples are almost ripe and soon people will come to pick them right off the trees. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is celebrating its […]Read More ▶▶

I Want to Share my Food with Everyone

The foods we eat as children often bring back the strongest memories. Even the humblest meals can be touchstones of culture and community. Sometimes these memories are even stronger for immigrants, for whom food is a powerful connection to the […]Read More ▶▶

New Roots Market Garden Finds Its Niche

It’s a glorious morning at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. A jazz band serenades shoppers as sunlight filters through the trees. People wander through the tents, picking up fresh produce, cheese, and bread. The mood is languid and relaxed, but […]Read More ▶▶

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