ASAP – Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
Our vision is one of strong farms, thriving local food economies, and healthy communities where farming is valued as central to our heritage and our future.
Check out this overview of what we do and why we do it, and see a timeline of our work and important local food history since 2000.
ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is a nonprofit that works to accomplish our mission by:
- Providing marketing support and training to area farmers.
- Connecting regional chef and foodservice buyers with the farmers who match their needs.
- Spearheading a Local Food Campaign, which includes our Local Food Guide, local food bumper sticker (have one on your car?), and more.
- Certifying local products grown/raised in the Southern Appalachians as Appalachian Grown.
- Running our Growing Minds Farm to School Program, which focuses on reconnecting children with where their food comes from.
- Organizing Asheville City Market, and offering support to area tailgate markets.
- and with your support.
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