2018 Appalachian Grown Producer 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

The Growth and Transition of Sustainable Production Practices in WNC

This report presents the findings from an analysis of primary data from the Local Food Guide exploring changes in the growing practices of farmers producing food for local markets in Western North Carolina from 2008 to 2016. Overall, the findings show that every production practice listed in the Guide grew but with notable differences between … Read more

Appalachian Grown 2017 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

The End of Tobacco and the Rise of Local Food in Western North Carolina

tobacco drying in the barn, photo by Sara Jones Decker

This report presents the findings of an analysis of Census of Agriculture data to assess changes that occurred to food and farms in Western North Carolina (WNC) in relation to the “tobacco buyout” and to an effort to build a more localized food and farming economy.  In WNC, the mid-1990s marked the beginning of a … Read more

2016 Appalachian Grown Producer Report

This report contains the findings of the 2016 Appalachian Grown Producer Survey sent to all AG certified farms in February 2017. The purpose of this survey was to better understand the experiences of producers in the region and to gather feedback to be used to shape the future direction of the Appalachian Grown program.

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