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

Tierra Fertil Coop Digs Deep April 26th, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series

Farm Stands for Fun and Flavor April 19th, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series

Kituwah Farm Honors and Sustains Cherokee Agriculture April 12th, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series

Chef J Chong Finds Inspiration at Spring Farmers Markets April 5th, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series

Local Food Research Reflects Challenges and Opportunities of Farming During the Pandemic March 29th, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series

Faces of Local: Catherine Campbell March 23rd, 2021 in Faces of Local

Working On and Off the Farm March 22nd, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series

Farm-to-Bottle Hot Sauce in the Mountains March 15th, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series

Cooking Creative Meals with a CSA March 8th, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series

A CSA for Every Craving March 1st, 2021 in Growing Local Radio Series


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