ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Why I Appreciate Farmers

Earlier this fall, ASAP set up a story booth at the Local Food Experience event. We invited community members to stop by and tell us about how local food is part of their lives. We heard from parents, college students, […]Read More ▶▶

Hmong Farmers Escape Laos and Find Safety in WNC

Tou Lee stands in the middle of a rice field at Lee’s One Fortune Farm in Marion, North Carolina. He pulls on a glove, runs his hand up the stalk and over the tassel, and shakes individual grains of rice […]Read More ▶▶

Harvesting Rice at Lee’s One Fortune Farm

Tou Lee walks through the rice field at Lee One’s Fortune Farm in Marion, North Carolina. There was a big storm last night and the bottom of the rice plants are submerged in water and mud. “Be careful where you […]Read More ▶▶

Autumn Adventures at Darnell Farms

It’s a stunning fall day at Darnell Farms in Bryson City, North Carolina. The sky is bright blue and autumn leaves light up the mountains, but this idyllic morning is far from calm for the Darnell family. More than 2,000 […]Read More ▶▶

Community Story: Why I Teach my Kids to Love Local

Most weeks on Growing Local, we talk to farmers, chefs, and educators who are working to improve the local food system. But there’s another important link in the food chain—the community members who support local food. We wanted to know […]Read More ▶▶

The Evolution of M&M Berry Farm

It’s the end of the season at M&M Berry Farm in Henderson County, North Carolina. Mike Pack Junior walks through the rows of dormant blackberry bushes at his family’s farm. “What we’re walking through right now are the canes that […]Read More ▶▶

Lewis Creek Farm Branches Out into Cider Apples

When apples are abundant in Western North Carolina, it’s time to think about how to preserve the fruit. When stored in a cool, dark place, some apple varieties will stay tasty all winter. Others are turned into juice and ciders […]Read More ▶▶

Holt Orchards Keeps the Family Dream Alive

Holt Orchards in Flat Rock, North Carolina has a legacy worth saving. A brother and sister team, Todd Kirmss and Tracy Cavagnaro, left their jobs in 2009 to come back to the family orchard full-time. The orchard was originally their […]Read More ▶▶

Making Healthy Food More Accessible

This week, we continue our coverage of ASAP’s Healthy Eating in Practice conference held August 2018. One of the themes of the three-day event was considering all the barriers to healthy eating. Though most of us don’t eat our recommended […]Read More ▶▶

Putting Healthy Eating Into Practice

Today we’re at the Omni Grove Park Inn for the first day of ASAP’s Healthy Eating in Practice conference. Physicians, community leaders, and healthcare professionals from across the country are here. They’re going to go to lectures, cooking classes, and […]Read More ▶▶

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