ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Agritourism – Behind the Scenes

Farmers throughout the region are getting ready for farm tour season, and dozens of farms in the Southern Appalachians will open their gates to the public this month. At many farms, the community can walk through the fields, hear about […]Read More ▶▶


100% Local Food Challenge

There are lots of ways to eat locally, and it’s entirely possible to eat only local food for an entire day. Here are a few ways to take the 100% Local Challenge. Start the day with farm fresh eggs and […]Read More ▶▶


Why Do We Say “Bring Home the Bacon?”

You can bet the farm on the way agriculture comes up in the way we talk. Many of the words and phrases we use in everyday life — like “flew the coop” or “spring chicken” — come to us from […]Read More ▶▶


Get Your Garden Started at Farmers Markets

The soil is warming up and home gardeners are eager to get their plants in the ground. May marks the last frost for much of the region, meaning it’s safe to plant summer annuals outside. Some vegetables grow best when […]Read More ▶▶


Local Food Learning Lab Sparks Growth

This summer, preschoolers at the Child Care Center of First Presbyterian Church of Asheville are trying an experiment. These four and five-year-olds are planting seeds to find out if they germinate better in soil or a wet paper towel. It’s […]Read More ▶▶


Eliot Coleman’s Advice for Young Farmers

Say the name Eliot Coleman to a farmer and get ready for a spirited conversation about sustainable agriculture. Coleman is a pioneer in organic farming whose book The New Organic Grower has inspired countless farmers. He grows all year at […]Read More ▶▶


Find Farms, Markets, and Stories in ASAP’s Local Food Guide

Our region is rich in farm-fresh food. Farmers markets, artisan producers, and small family farms dot the landscape throughout the Southern Appalachians. Here at ASAP, we often hear from people who want to incorporate local food and farms into their […]Read More ▶▶


Grass to Goat, Milk to Cheese

It’s feeding time at Round Mountain Creamery and the farm’s 300 goats are getting hungry.  The mature females will produce about 30 gallons of milk today at this small creamery in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and much of that will […]Read More ▶▶


How to Make the Most of Outdoor Markets

Outdoor farmers markets are finally here and local food lovers have reason to rejoice. Town squares and parking lots across the region have been transformed into community hubs for farm-fresh food and lively conversation. Neighbors and farmers chat about growing […]Read More ▶▶


Southern Appalachian Farmers Preserve Seed Saving Traditions

Picking out seeds is one of the joys of spring. Flipping through a seed catalogue and dreaming of the summer’s harvest is a highlight of the season for farmers and home gardeners. Yet many seeds from major national companies are […]Read More ▶▶


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