ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities.

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 ▶▶

Local Farmers Join Forces to Raise Grassfed Beef

Consumer interest in grassfed beef is on the rise. National studies indicate that the demand for grassfed beef has grown at an annual rate of 25-30% over the past 10 years, and local markets are stepping up. Bass Hyatt raises […]Read More ▶▶

A Deep Dive into the Business of Farming

Have you ever wondered what farmers do all winter? Even when the soil is too cold or muddy to be worked or the animals slow down production, there is still plenty of work to be done. In fact much of […]Read More ▶▶

When Hogs Marched Through Asheville: The History of Drover’s Road

Picture yourself standing in Asheville during the 1820s. In the fall, you’d likely see hundreds or even thousands of hogs, turkeys, and ducks walking through downtown on the Drover’s Road. Farmers from western North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky herded their […]Read More ▶▶

CSA Fair Kicks Off Spring Season

Imagine getting a big box of veggies every week, no shopping required. Skip the line at the grocery store and forget about checking calories. A CSA is a way to simplify eating and cooking, where the freshest local produce is […]Read More ▶▶

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