ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

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 ▶▶


Roots of Health

It might seem like a doctor’s office is the opposite of a farm. Think of a sterile exam room filled with medical equipment—a place where dirt is definitely not welcome. But for physician Daphne Miller, what happens in the exam […]Read More ▶▶


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 ▶▶


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