2021 Appalachian Grown Partner Survey Infographic

LFRC Infographic

An annual survey is sent to Appalachian Grown partners to collect information on purchasing patterns of buying local food from farmers. These partners include restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, wholesale distributors, grocery stores, and other businesses that purchase local foods directly from farmers in the Appalachian Grown region. This infographic highlights findings from the survey.

2021 Appalachian Grown Producer Survey Report

Every year since the Appalachian Grown program was founded, a survey has been sent to participating farms to assess the impact of services and gather feedback to shape the program’s direction. In December 2021, this survey was sent to 760 Appalachian Grown certified producers. We asked about their experiences farming in 2021, including the impact … Read more

Double SNAP Impact on Shoppers and Farmers in Western North Carolina, 2021

Double SNAP

ASAP began piloting the Double SNAP program in 2019 at the Asheville City Market and has since expanded to eight farmers markets across three counties. This report is based on a survey of farmers market managers, vendors, and customer networks at markets that participated in the Double SNAP program in order to assess impact and … Read more

Growing Local Radio

This is a short summary report describing the themes and impact of ASAP’s Growing Local Radio. This was a radio series developed to engage individuals more deeply with the region’s advancing local food system. It was designed to use storytelling to increase the audience’s awareness of what was happening regionally around local farms and local … Read more

Added Value in the Local Food System

This paper discusses the findings of research conducted by ASAP’s Local Food Research Center with entrepreneurs of local food in Appalachian Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. The research investigated the experiences of local food entrepreneurs to understand their motivations for working with local foods, the challenges they experienced, and the strategies they used … Read more

Experiencing Local

Experiencing Local

This report discusses the impact of place-based food and farm experiences, informed by ASAP’s perspective that local food system building can be a catalyst of food system change. The transformative potential of local food lies in its capacity to engage people with food and farming in ways that activate a desire to be active food … Read more

2020 Appalachian Grown Producer Survey Report

Appalachian Grown certification

In ASAP’s mission to support Southern Appalachian farms and build a local food system, we developed the Appalachian Grown (AG) branding program in 2007 with the goal of expanding local market opportunities for farmers by providing a way for the public to easily identify products from local farms. We send a survey to all AG … Read more

Double SNAP Impact on Shoppers and Farmers in Western North Carolina, 2020

In October of 2020, a survey was shared with farmers markets participating in ASAP’s Double SNAP program to assess the impact and gather feedback. The Double SNAP program doubles the value of a shopper’s SNAP benefits used at market. The survey was open for six weeks and collected 113 responses from market managers, vendors, and … Read more

2019 Appalachian Grown Producer Survey Report

In ASAP’s mission to support Southern Appalachian farms and build a local food system, we developed the Appalachian Grown (AG) branding program in 2007 with the goal of expanding local market opportunities for farmers by providing a way for the public to easily identify products from local farms. We send a survey to all AG … Read more

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