ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Pick Blueberries Straight from the Field

There’s a little bit of magic in a fresh-picked blueberry—sweet and still warm from the sun. Going berry picking is a summer staple in Western North Carolina when farms open their gates to everyone who want to pick berries right […]Read More ▶▶


Come Along to Farm Camp!

It’s a hot summer day at Franny’s Farm Camp in Leicester, North Carolina. Farmer Frances Tacy and a gaggle of campers are searching for a pig named Doughnut. Franny and the kids shout out “Come here doughnut,” and the sweet […]Read More ▶▶


A Farm Tour Audio Adventure

More than 1,000 people visited local farms on ASAP’s Farm Tour in June, and the sounds of farms at work were heard throughout Western North Carolina on this audio adventure. Come along for an audio tour as we meet an […]Read More ▶▶


Making Healthy Eating Common Practice

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, two-thirds of all deaths will be attributable to chronic preventable diseases. Obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke are often linked to eating habits, and a growing number of doctors are working to […]Read More ▶▶


Meet the Bradley Family on Farm Tour

When Carolyn Bradley looks out on the lush hills of her family farm and the cattle grazing on pastures of clover, she is a link in a multigenerational chain. Carolyn and her husband Mike are the owners of Farmhouse Beef […]Read More ▶▶


How to Support Flooded Farms

Alyssa Moreno of SMM Farms in Hayesville will never forget what she calls “the worst day ever.” She walked out to her family’s strawberry fields to find flood waters rising, and the farm’s main cash crop completely underwater. She estimates […]Read More ▶▶


Meet Bison and Watusi Cattle on Farm Tour

ASAP’s Farm Tour is coming up on June 23rd and 24th, and this month on Growing Local we’ll meet some of the farmers on the tour. The self-guided tour features more than 20 farms that produce vegetables, grains, meat, fiber, […]Read More ▶▶


Teenagers Teach Kids How to Love Local Food

The car door slams and Kim Knoppel starts the engine. She’s a program coordinator for the Growing Minds program with ASAP, and today she’s going to Burke County, North Carolina for a farm to school road trip. “We’re heading out […]Read More ▶▶


From Computer Desks to Corn Fields

If you were looking for Julie Mansfield and Carl Evans during the dot com boom of the 1990s, you’d find them at their desks in front of computers, developing software for banks and insurance companies. “We worked together at a […]Read More ▶▶


Why I Support Local Food

Rebecca Collins is passionate about local food. She’s a graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville where she’s pursuing a degree in Sustainable Studies. When she’s not learning about food, she works at the farmers market in Waynesville where she […]Read More ▶▶


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