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Farmers Markets Expand Double SNAP

Having access to fresh, nutritious food is even more essential during a pandemic. However, high unemployment rates have put a strain on many people’s food budgets, prompting more people to seek support from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also […]Read More ▶▶

Appalachian Farms Feed Families in Caldwell and McDowell Counties

ASAP’s Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program has been connecting farmers with people in need of nutritious food since May. The initiative has two goals: to provide fresh, healthy food to people and communities that are experiencing hardships during COVID-19, and […]Read More ▶▶

Wehrloom Honey’s Sweet Rewards

Sometimes a thoughtful gift can cause a chain reaction. A curiosity becomes a hobby that turns into a family business and eventually becomes a cornerstone of a community. When Aron and Jessica Wehr first moved from Pennsylvania to Robbinsville, North […]Read More ▶▶

Cherokee Communities Sustain Agricultural Traditions

Food sovereignty has been central to indigenous communities for thousands of years. Families worked together to grow gardens, prepare meals, and share or trade the bounty with each other. Growing traditional crops like corn, beans, and pumpkins was not only […]Read More ▶▶

NC State Extension Helps Farmers During COVID-19

Every year, farmers rely on a network of resource providers to help them navigate the challenges of farming. NC State Cooperative Extension is one of these critical resources, answering questions and helping farmers troubleshoot everything from pest management to food […]Read More ▶▶

Tiny Bridge, Big Dreams

KP Whaley of Tiny Bridge Farm in Henderson County, North Carolina grew up in the industrial city of Rockford, Illinois where his father and three older brothers were machinists. “We all grew up working with our hands in oil and […]Read More ▶▶

ASAP Links Farmers with Food Relief Organizations

For the past 20 years, The Community Table has provided nutritious food to residents of Jackson County, North Carolina, including seniors, people with disabilities, children, and working families. Paige Christie, executive director of The Community Table, says they’ve seen a […]Read More ▶▶

Farms Weigh Pros and Cons of Offering Lodging during COVID-19

For the past several years, agritourism has been on the rise for Appalachian farms. Farmers have built cabins and converted barns into rentals where vacationers can stay at the farm, eat fresh local food, and enjoy farm activities. The number […]Read More ▶▶

Building Community Connections at Beacon Village Farm

It takes farms of all sizes to create a thriving food system. Here in Western North Carolina, some farms sell directly to customers through farmers markets and community supported agriculture. There are also larger-scale local farms that use food distributors […]Read More ▶▶

Starting a Farm During COVID-19

When even established farms are struggling during COVID-19, what’s it like to start a new farm? When we spoke with Stephanie Vinat of The AppaLatin Farmstead in February, she was full of enthusiasm for the year ahead. “We’re in Marshall, […]Read More ▶▶

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