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Tuesday July 20th, 2021 16:37 Faces of Local: Morgan and Darrel Metcalf

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with farmers Morgan and Darrell Metcalf of Burley Stick Farm, which will be part of ASAP’s Farm Tour, Sept. 18–19. They’re pictured with their children on the farm.

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Thursday June 24th, 2021 14:50 Faces of Local: Erica Fernbach

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with farmer Erica Fernbach, who co-owns Seven Oaks Farm with Karl Brandstaetter in Rutherford County.  Seven Oaks Farm is part of ASAP’s Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program, which pairs farms with food relief sites and childcare centers in their communities and provides agencies with a budget for purchasing local food. Erica is pictured on the right with Cynthia Cooper of Chase Corner Ministries.

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Wednesday May 19th, 2021 15:30 Faces of Local: Karen Chapman

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with Karen Chapman, the garden coordinator at W.D. Williams Elementary School in Swannanoa, N.C.

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Tuesday April 27th, 2021 16:30 Faces of Local: Carol Griffith

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with Carol Griffith, manager of Ashe County Farmers Market in West Jefferson. The market will open May 1 and run Saturday mornings through October.

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Tuesday March 23rd, 2021 16:12 Faces of Local: Catherine Campbell

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with Catherine Campbell, founder of Asheville Strong, about why she shops at farmers markets and what she’s looking forward to this spring. Last month Asheville Strong released a print edition of its cookbook featuring recipes from local chefs and restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Feed Our City program, which helps preserve local restaurant jobs by paying for employees to cook meals for community members in need. Buy a copy here. 

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Tuesday February 23rd, 2021 12:40 Faces of Local: KP Whaley

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with KP Whaley of Tiny Bridge Farm, a five-acre diversified farm in Henderson County offering produce through local farmers markets and a CSA.

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Wednesday January 20th, 2021 16:42 Faces of Local: Natalie Geradot

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with farmer Natalie Geradot, who operates Myco Rhizing, a small farm growing medicinal mushrooms and herbs in Fairview, N.C., with her husband, Grant, and daughter, Rosa Lee.

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Friday December 18th, 2020 15:25 Faces of Local: Claire Danielson

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who are contributing to the local food system. This month we’re talking to Claire Danielson, who has supported ASAP as both a donor and a volunteer for the past four years. 

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Tuesday November 24th, 2020 15:48 Faces of Local: Aaron Bradley

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who are contributing to the local food system. This month we’re talking to Aaron Bradley of Colfax Creek Farm to get the inside scoop on raising turkeys. 

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Wednesday October 21st, 2020 16:00 Faces of Local: Heather Gast

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who are contributing to the local food system. As part of our National Farm to School Month celebration, we’re talking to Heather Gast, who teaches kindergarten and first grade at Weaverville Primary School (that’s Sebastian, the class sloth on her left). She’s working with Growing Minds to make sure her students experience local food, farms, and gardening, even as they adjust to virtual learning.
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