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New Grant Helps Local Farmers Adapt

Restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have caused major disruptions for farmers. The closure and delay of many farmers markets combined with restrictions on North Carolina restaurants have left farmers with many immediate needs, including where to sell crops […]Read More ▶▶


Chefs and Farmers Help People Affected by COVID-19

Chefs and farmers have always worked together to feed the community. These partnerships are more important than ever during COVID-19, especially for community members who have lost their jobs or are facing a greater risk of food insecurity. Several local […]Read More ▶▶


New Farmers Market Protects Public Health

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 […]Read More ▶▶


Sunburst Trout Farms Persists During COVID-19

2020 was going to be a big year for Sunburst Trout Farms in Waynesville, North Carolina. The family-run business has over 70 years of experience raising and selling rainbow trout, and recently leased an additional farm to meet the growing […]Read More ▶▶


Dry Ridge Farm Pivots to Reach Customers

The food system in Western North Carolina has been fairly predictable for the past decade. Hundreds of farms in the region have found their niche—from vegetable growers selling at farmers markets, to roadside fruit stands, to meat and egg producers […]Read More ▶▶


Local Food Fuels Meals for Kids

Nutritious food is especially important during a crisis, yet children who rely on school meals may not have easy access to prepared foods at home. Many children and families depend on schools for most of their weekly nutrition.  Over half […]Read More ▶▶


Relief Fund Supports Farmers Facing Unprecedented Challenges

Farming is inherently unpredictable. From the severe storms that flooded some local farms last week, to the challenges of getting food from the farm to the public, farmers face risk every year. This year, COVID-19 has compounded that uncertainty. Molly […]Read More ▶▶


Activities to Keep Kids Engaged During COVID

Many activities for kids and families are on hold during social distancing, including schools and summer programs. Although groups of students won’t be gathering anytime soon, ASAP’s Growing Minds program has a new initiative to support children and their caregivers. […]Read More ▶▶


How Lee’s One Fortune Farm is Adapting to COVID-19

It was a Friday afternoon when Tou Lee from Lee’s One Fortune Farm found out that the Saturday market had been cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions placed on public gatherings that day. All spring, Tou and his wife and […]Read More ▶▶


New Farmers Market Protects Public Health

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 […]Read More ▶▶


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