Food & Farm Stories

  • Charlie Jackson

    Charlie Jackson

    ASAP founder Charlie Jackson is retiring this month. For our Faces of Local interview, we asked him about what led him to farming in Western North Carolina and the organization’s early days. (Read more about ASAP’s history and agriculture in WNC here.) Where were you before ASAP?  I was in grad school in Maine and … Read more

  • Mike Brown of Farside Farms, photo by Naomi Johnson

    Farside Farms: From Burley Tobacco to Farm Stand Eggs

    “I’ve just always wanted to farm since I was a child,” says Mike Brown, owner of Farside Farms in Buncombe County, NC. “My grandfather in Virginia farmed, and I guess that’s kind of where I got bitten by the bug when I was little.”  Brown has now been farming in Western North Carolina for five … Read more

  • Wes and Ben Easton of Sunburst Trout Farms

    Sunburst Trout Farms: From Wholesale to Restaurants and Local Customers

    “I remember shoveling fish guts, doing the hardest work on the farm,” recalls Wes Eason of Sunburst Trout Farms in Haywood County, NC. “If you’re the owner’s grandkid, you’re not getting the best jobs to start.” Wes is now a co-owner of the third-generation family business, alongside his brother, Ben, and mother, Sally. Sunburst Trout … Read more

  • The Dillingham Family, photo by Hannah Furgiuele

    Dillingham Family Farms: Eighth Generation

    “What’s happening now with Dillingham Family Farm is what I  hoped would happen—that our children would become more  involved,” says Brenda Dillingham. “I can transition out of things  and know that the farm will continue on and that the grandchildren  will be a part of that one day. That’s really important to me.”  The Dillingham … Read more

  • The Moreno Family, photo by Camilla Calnan Photography

    SMM Farm and Moreno Family Farm: Rediscovering the Past

    Shortly after signing the papers on their dream farm property in Hayesville, NC, Salvador and Alyssa Moreno took a walk with their kids, ages six and four. They found what turned out to be an old American hazelnut variety. “I said, ‘I think it’s poisonous and it will definitely kill us,’” laughs Salvador. “But we … Read more

  • Emily Jackson, photo by Camilla Calnan

    Faces of Local: Emily Jackson

    Emily Jackson, founder and director of ASAP’s Growing Minds program will retire at the end of the year. For our Faces of Local interview this month, we asked her to reflect on her time at ASAP and the growth the farm to school movement over the past two decades.  Can you talk about how Growing … Read more

Story Archive

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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