ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities.

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 ▶▶

Emily Patrick Starts a Farm from Scratch

In the final episode of our Women in Agriculture series, we drive up to Madison County, North Carolina to meet Emily Patrick of Carolina Flowers. On this hot summer day, Patrick is pounding the stakes that will support the flowers […]Read More ▶▶

Andrea DuVall Connects Farmers with Customers

This week in our Women in Agriculture series we get to know a business owner who connects local farms with customers throughout the region. Andrea DuVall, co-owner of Mother Earth Produce, is an important link in the local food chain, […]Read More ▶▶

Cassandra Bare Grows Food by the Tractor Trailer Load

Running a farm takes many skills—from planting seeds and caring for animals, to managing finances, and getting food into the hands of customers each week. Women across the region have stepped up to the challenge and play important roles at […]Read More ▶▶

Mills River Creamery Returns to its Roots

The sun sets over Mills River Creamery in Western North Carolina. A small herd of Jersey cows hear a farmworker whistle, so they amble over to the milking parlor. The milking machine chugs along as owner Bradley Johnston looks over […]Read More ▶▶

Connecting Farmworkers with Healthcare

Our food supply depends on farmworkers. The physically demanding job of planting, harvesting, and processing food puts farmworkers at risk for acute injury and chronic disease, yet they often have limited access to healthcare. “The biggest thing that we see […]Read More ▶▶

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