ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Transforming City Land into a Farm

In some ways, Balsam Garden’s plot of land in East Asheville looks like a lot of Western North Carolina farms. It’s about eleven acres at the end of a dirt road, nestled next to a river with mountains in the […]Read More ▶▶

How Grocery Stores Embrace Local Food

The distribution center at Ingles Markets is massive—1.6 million square feet. We’re in a motorized cart, whizzing past towers of food and grocery items. Ingles employee Elizabeth Harris is at the wheel, taking us through a refrigerated produce section filled […]Read More ▶▶

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 ▶▶

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