A strong focus on research and evaluation informs ASAP’s work. In 2011, ASAP launched the Local Food Research Center to study the economic, environmental, and social impacts of localizing food systems. In addition to an annual survey report on the state of family farms in the region, the Local Food Research Center has delved into subjects including the shift from tobacco farming to local food, the rise in sustainable production practices, food access at farmers markets, and more.
We are committed to partnering with other food system practitioners in our research and sharing our findings with the public. We have also offered consulting to foundations, public agencies, and community organizations across the country.
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