Farm Fresh for Health Regional Symposiums

Throughout the summer of 2022, ASAP will present a series of on-farm symposiums for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina to highlight the principles of Farm Fresh for Health. Farm Fresh for Health addresses the real and perceived barriers that influence what we eat and determine health outcomes. ASAP and community partners are using strategies and initiatives built around:

  • Produce Prescriptions
  • Nutrition Security
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Wrap-Around Clinical Health Services
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm to School
  • Social Determinants of Health

Each symposium will introduce key strategies and highlight examples from ASAP and the community, including projects from ASAP’s Community in Action initiative. Attendees will take part in farm tours, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussion about how they can use Farm Fresh for Health tools in their own practices to improve health outcomes. A seasonally focused farm-to-table meal (lunch or dinner) will be provided by a local food partner. Space is limited at each symposium. A $20 registration fee offsets the cost of meals and materials.

COVID-19 INFORMATION: Most activities at the symposiums will take place outdoors or in open-air environments that allow for social distancing. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend the symposium. ASAP will refund you registration fee.

Symposium Schedule

Note that the first symposium, originally scheduled for June 25 at Winding Stair Farm and Yonder Community Market, has been postponed until fall. Check back for updates.

Thursday, July 14

WHEN: 3–8 p.m.
WHERE: Perry’s Berry’s Vineyard and Winery and Fonta Flora Brewery in Morganton, NC
REGISTRATION FEE: $20


AGENDA

3 p.m. – Welcome from ASAP

Molly Nicholie, Executive Director of ASAP, will provide an overview of ASAP’s Farm Fresh for Health approach to improving the health and wellbeing of our community and supporting local economies.

3:15 p.m. – On-Farm Healthy Food Environments

Follow Terry and Debbie Perry, registered nurses and farmer-owners of Perry’s Berry’s Vineyard and Winery, as they give us a tour of their farm where they teach about the health benefits of farming and blueberries through farm tours, classes, and classroom visits.

4:15 p.m. – Farm Fresh for Health in the Workplace

Workplaces are well positioned to promote a culture of health by offering local food and farm-related wellness programs and benefits. Hear from Larissa Lopez, a program coordinator with ASAP’s Local Food Campaign about such initiatives including Workplace CSAs.

4:45 p.m. – Move to Fonta Flora

5:15 p.m. – Dinner + Discussion at Fonta Flora

Dinner catered by Singlewyde, wood-fired sourdough pizza infused with local ingredients. Todd Boera, head brewer at Fonta Flora Brewery, will welcome us and speak to his passion for creating uniquely artisan beer filled with culture from their very own community.

6:00 p.m. – New Models for the Farm Fresh for Health Clinic

Courtney Morris Gardner is the pediatric nurse practitioner at Marion Pediatrics and Adolescents, a pediatric primary care clinic that has engaged with community organizations and local food hubs to bring local food-centered health and wellness to her community.

6:30 p.m. – Growing Minds Farm to School

Jennifer Trippe, RD, LDN, program director for ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School, will lead attendees in a hands-on activity to encourage thinking about how to use Farm Fresh for Health in everyday practice.

7:00 p.m. – Engaging Your Community in Farm Fresh for Health

West Marion Community Forum is on a mission to enhance the quality of life of residents and overcome racial barriers by building bridges in McDowell. Their outreach, community and clinical partnerships, and youth development initiatives aim to inspire community-driven health improvements.

7:30 p.m. – ASAP Closing

David Smiley, program manager of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign, will offer ways that healthcare professionals can keep the conversation going and begin to engage with ASAP today to explore their ideas for bringing Farm Fresh for Health into their communities, clinics, and workplaces.

Thursday, July 28

WHEN: 4–8 p.m.
WHERE: KT’s Orchard and Apiary in Canton, NC
REGISTRATION FEE: $20


DINNER

Catered by Luis Martinez of Tequio Foods.

KEY STRATEGIES

Wrap-around clinical health services, local food and nutrition security programs, cooking classes in the community, social determinants of health

PRESENTERS

KT Taylor is a nurse at Mission Hospital and the farmer and owner of KT’s Orchard and Apiary, where she grows a variety of apples, peaches, nectarines, raspberries, pears, and local honey.

Marianne Martinez is the executive director of Vecinos. Valeria Barrera Vizcarra manages the organization’s Farmworker Health Program. Vecinos is on a mission to provide culturally appropriate health and wellness services for the uninsured Latinx community​. Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country and workers face many barriers when it comes to accessing care. Vecinos aims to break down health care barriers by bringing services directly to the community through out-patient clinics and mobile medical clinics.

Jenna Kranz is the founder and executive director of Uncomplicated Kitchen. Uncomplicated Kitchen teaches community members how to plan meals, shop for ingredients, and cook healthy, simple, and affordable recipes. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between the food people have access to and the tools and knowledge they have to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families. 

Nilofer Couture is a Registered Dietician and the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee, NC. She also serves on the board for both Uncomplicated Kitchen and ASAP. She’s dedicated her career to helping people make better food choices and her work with Uncomplicated Kitchen fits right in with her passion for nutritious eating. 

David Smiley is the program manager of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. During the pandemic, he developed and implemented ASAP’s Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program, which connected farms with feeding sites across the region.

Mike McCreary is ASAP’s farmers market program manager and has developed ASAP’s SNAP incentive programs. Under Mike’s management, in 2009 Asheville City Market was the first market in Western North Carolina to accept SNAP/EBT.

Sarah Hart is ASAP’s communications manager. She coordinated Healthy Eating in Practice, a national conference for physicians and healthcare professionals to better support healthy eating, presented by ASAP in 2018.

Saturday, August 27

WHEN: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
WHERE: Hendersonville Farmers Market and Homemade Pasta Noodles
REGISTRATION FEE: $20


LUNCH

Catered by Launa Marie of Homemade Pasta Noodles.

KEY STRATEGIES

Produce prescription programs, farmers market SNAP incentives, farmers markets as social healthy eating environments

PRESENTERS

Meredith Friedheim is the downtown events and Hendersonville Famers Market coordinator for the City of Hendersonville. Hendersonville Farmers Market aims to be a world-class market that contributes to the success of local producers and growers, expands access to farm fresh foods, and creates a vibrant community gathering space.

Sonya Jones is the founder of Caja Solidaria, which offers a produce prescription program, and the coordinator of Henderson County Committee for Action and Nutrition (CAN). Prior to that, Sonya was a professor of public health for 19 years.

Stephanie Stewart, Manager of Population Health and Team-Cased for Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). MAHEC is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, health professions education, and innovative practices that can be replicated nationally. MAHEC serves as a partner for ASAP’s Farm Fresh Produce Prescription program.

Amy Lazarus Yaroch, PhD , is the executive director of the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and project director for the the GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Center (NTAE). Her areas of expertise include dietary assessment, obesity prevention and intervention, and food insecurity and investigating its coexistence with obesity and other related factors.

Jennifer Trippe, director of ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program, is a Registered Dietitian with nearly two decades of experience working to improve the health and well-being of the Western North Carolina community. She has worked at MANNA FoodBank, Food Connections, and as a WIC Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator.

Larissa Lopez is a program coordinator for ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. She is the lead on several of ASAP’s Farm Fresh for Health programs, including expanding workplace CSAs and wellness programs and the Farm Fresh Produce Prescription program.

Mike McCreary is ASAP’s farmers market program manager and has developed ASAP’s SNAP incentive programs. Under Mike’s management, in 2009 Asheville City Market was the first market in Western North Carolina to accept SNAP/EBT.

Additional presenters will be added. Check back for updates.

Fall date TBA (rescheduled from June 25)

WHEN: 10 a.m.–3 p.m
WHERE: Winding Stair Farm and Yonder Community Market in Franklin, NC
REGISTRATION FEE: $20

registration will open later


LUNCH

Catered by Mary-Martin Steele, a former employee of Winding Stair and now the owner of Mary-Martin Meals.

TOPICS

Connecting local food to wrap-around clinical health services, creating social healthy food environments in the community, nutrition security, farm to school

PRESENTERS

Stacy Bredendieck is the co-owner of Winding Stair Farm & Nursery. Winding Stair Farm & Nursery offers a wide variety of Certified Naturally Grown vegetables through CSAs, retail store, and markets. A trailblazer for food security, the farm also proudly accepts SNAP/EBT and funds a SNAP match program.

Former owners of a farm-to-table cafe, Hannah and Alan Edwards opened Yonder Community Market in hopes of keeping traditional products, small farming businesses, and a culture of community care thriving in Macon County. The market stocks a huge selection of fresh, local, and regional foods and handmade goods. In addition, Yonder provides a community gathering space through events and classes.

Formerly the market manager for Jackson County Farmers Market, Lisa McBride founded WNC Farm to Table in order to provide healthy, local food at below retail prices for residents of Jackson County, while continuing to pay producers at market value. WNC Farm to Table plans to extend its reach to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the near future.

Jennifer Trippe, director of ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program, is a Registered Dietitian with nearly two decades of experience working to improve the health and well-being of the Western North Carolina community. She has worked at MANNA FoodBank, Food Connections, and as a WIC Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator.

Molly Nicholie is the executive director of ASAP and has been part of the organization for 17 years. Prior to her current role, she served as director of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign and as a program coordinator for Growing Minds.

David Smiley is the program manager of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. During the pandemic, he developed and implemented ASAP’s Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program, which connected farms with feeding sites across the region.

Additional presenters will be added. Check back for updates.

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