ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

From Farm to Taproom with Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is boosting markets for local farmers and food businesses at its taproom in Mills River, North Carolina. While the ingredients  for beer are not prevalent in our region, Sierra Nevada is showing its commitment to local […]Read More ▶▶


Local Food: Then and Now

Agricultural traditions in Western North Carolina stretch back generations, particularly farming tobacco and raising cattle, but the idea of a local food movement is still relatively new. When ASAP was founded in the mid-1990s, the idea of consumers seeking out […]Read More ▶▶

Volunteer for a Stronger Food System

Let’s say you want to get your hands dirty, but don’t have your own garden. Or maybe you want to support the local food movement, but don’t know where to start. Volunteering at a farm, community garden, or local food […]Read More ▶▶

Local Food Guide is Here!

Every farmer has a story, and so do the foods they produce. When you see strawberries at the farmers market or local cheese on a menu, it’s worth thinking about the people who spent months and sometimes years producing your […]Read More ▶▶

Chef in the Cafeteria

Elementary students rush into the cafeteria at North Buncombe Elementary School in Asheville, North Carolina. Kirk Fiore, a chef from the Biltmore, is here with kale pesto for the kids to taste. The kale was grown at the estate and […]Read More ▶▶

Ginseng: Bringing a Mountain Tradition to Market

Deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina, there’s a plant that’s been prized for hundreds of years. Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial with valuable roots that can be exported to Asia where it’s sought after for its medicinal properties. […]Read More ▶▶

Seeds for Schools

Kids and gardening go hand-in-hand, especially in springtime. Planting seeds, harvesting vegetables, and learning how to enjoy food you grew yourself are just some of the benefits of school gardens. Math and science lessons come alive in the garden, and […]Read More ▶▶

Outdoor Farmers Markets are Back!

It’s officially spring in the mountains and farmers are hard at work. In between preparing fields, planting seeds, and welcoming baby animals onto the farm, many farmers are also getting spring produce ready for market. Several outdoor markets start up […]Read More ▶▶

One Big Family

Highlands Family Farm sits on 125-acres of beautiful farmland in Burke County, North Carolina. Farmer Daniel Wall and his business partner Jon Mercer come from decidedly different backgrounds, but together with their young families they’ve started a farm that promotes […]Read More ▶▶

Taking Care of Farm Business

Running a farm goes beyond planting and harvesting. It also takes a tremendous amount of business knowledge. Crafting and sticking to a budget, planning what and when to plant, and strengthening a year-long farm business plan are essential to having […]Read More ▶▶

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