Food & Farm Stories

  • The Liar’s Table: Connecting with Community

    The Liar’s Table: Connecting with Community

    “The farm is just something that we started doing as a hobby, something we wanted to do for ourselves—and it kind of grew into this bigger, wider thing we could share with the community,” says farmer Kaci Nidiffer, who co-owns The Liar’s Table in Elk Park, NC, with her husband, Amos. Back in 2010, when…

  • Tierra Fértil Coop: Creating Space

    Tierra Fértil Coop: Creating Space

    “Many Hispanics have a painful relationship with agriculture,” acknowledges Delia Jovel Dubón, co-founder of Tierra Fértil Coop in Henderson County. “A lot of effort has been put into production and profits, with less interest in the protection and care of humans and the environment. We have chosen to farm, but for many Hispanic people, it’s…

  • Jacqueline Smith

    Jacqueline Smith

    Jacqueline Smith is the market manager for Black Mountain Tailgate Market. The market participates in ASAP’s Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables and Farm Fresh Produce Prescription programs.   What are you most looking forward to this season at Black Mountain Tailgate Market? Vendors and regular customers, of course… and most definitely, the Children’s Programs. They…

  • Laura Torres

    Laura Torres

    Laura Torres is the market manager for Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market in Waynesville. The market is part of the WNC Double SNAP Network, a partnership between ASAP, MountainWise, and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture to support and expand SNAP incentive programs and farmers markets throughout Western North Carolina.   What are you most looking forward to…

  • Wild East Farm: A Rough Draft That’s Working

    Wild East Farm: A Rough Draft That’s Working

    For farmers Lyric and Noah, the name Wild East came before the farm. “We were on a hike near Mount Mitchell, this really rocky, ragged ridgetop, and there were wildflowers, animals everywhere,” describes Noah. “It was a moment of pure, Appalachian wildness, and we had this revelation: Why does the west get all the credit…

  • Holly Kolarova

    Holly Kolarova

    Holly Kolarova is an ESL (English as a Second Language) and Special Education teacher at Clear Creek Elementary School in Henderson County. Holly is part of the 2023–24 Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, which connects outstanding educators with mentors, creating opportunities and relationships to help students understand how STEM concepts apply in the real…


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The Appalachian Grown region is rich with local food and farm stories—from farmers, educators, chefs, community advocates, and many more. ASAP tries to share as many of these as possible, including in our annual Local Food Guide, in our newsletters, and on social media.

From 2015 to 2021, ASAP presented Growing Local Radio, a weekly broadcast on WNCW. Stories were based on research from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center. More than 200 audio stories and transcripts from Growing Local Radio are included in the archive below.

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Recent Stories

The Liar’s Table: Connecting with Community June 12th, 2024 in Local Food Guide

Tierra Fértil Coop: Creating Space June 4th, 2024 in Local Food Guide

Jacqueline Smith May 30th, 2024 in Faces of Local

Laura Torres May 29th, 2024 in Faces of Local

Wild East Farm: A Rough Draft That’s Working May 22nd, 2024 in Local Food Guide

Holly Kolarova April 23rd, 2024 in Faces of Local

Kiera Bulan March 28th, 2024 in Faces of Local

Gary Steiner February 19th, 2024 in Faces of Local

Holly Whitesides January 25th, 2024 in Faces of Local

Cooperativa Tierra Fértil December 18th, 2023 in Meet Your Farmer


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