Food & Farm Stories

  • Kikkoman Shaw
    FACES OF LOCAL

    Kikkoman Shaw

    ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to Kikkoman Shaw, executive chef for Equal Plates Project (formerly We Give a Share). The organization began during the pandemic as a way to support farmers with diminished sales outlets and provide community members in need with freshly prepared meals. The … Read more


  • Shaniqua Simuel
    FACES OF LOCAL

    Shaniqua Simuel

    ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to Shaniqua Simuel, founder of Change Your Palate, a grassroots whole-food meal prep program focusing on BIPOC people who suffer from type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Shaniqua also works with the WNC Food Justice Planning Initiative and … Read more


  • Aaron Grier, John Fleer, and Brian Canipelli
    FACES OF LOCAL

    Aaron Grier, John Fleer, and Brian Canipelli

    ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to farmer Aaron Grier of Gaining Ground Farm along with chefs John Fleer of Rhubarb and Brian Canipelli of Cucina 24 about what has made those chef-farmer relationships so strong over the past decade. (Photo of John … Read more


  • Sunburst Trout Farms: From Wholesale to Restaurants and Local Customers
    LOCAL FOOD GUIDE

    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


  • Dillingham Family Farms: Eighth Generation
    LOCAL FOOD GUIDE

    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


  • SMM Farm and Moreno Family Farm: Rediscovering the Past
    LOCAL FOOD GUIDE

    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


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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Recent Stories

Faces of Local: Noel Poindexter February 21st, 2022 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Emily Jackson December 7th, 2021 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Seth Salmon November 17th, 2021 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Tony Norcia October 21st, 2021 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Sydney Hendry September 29th, 2021 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Melinda Aponte August 30th, 2021 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Morgan and Darrel Metcalf July 20th, 2021 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Erica Fernbach June 24th, 2021 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Karen Chapman May 19th, 2021 in Faces of Local

Faces of Local: Carol Griffith April 27th, 2021 in Faces of Local


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