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Program Post: Our Posana Partnership!

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Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our development team explains how vital community partners are to ASAP and talks about an exciting (and sure-to-be delicious!) fundraiser coming up on May 16 at Posana Cafe.

From ASAP’s Communications and Development Team

A big part of nonprofit development work is cultivating strong partnerships with other nonprofits and businesses. Fortunately, there are many amazing and generous organizations and operations in our region! ASAP appreciates these partners who recognize the importance of our work and not only help fulfill our mission through their business practices—like buying from local farms—but also give back to ASAP by providing crucial financial support that allows us to serve the community.

The sentence above describes Posana Cafe to a “t.” On May 16, the restaurant will host a special fundraiser to benefit our Growing Minds Farm to School Program for the fourth year in a row. Executive chef/co-owner Peter Pollay and his team will create a special Appalachian Grown™ dinner menu sourced from Appalachian Grown certified farms, including Hickory Nut Gap, Brasstown Beef, Sunburst Trout Farms, Fork Mountain Farm, Looking Glass Creamery and Three Graces Dairy (May is Get Local cheese month, after all!), and more.

Peter PollayPeter is committed to buying from local farms. He has a simple food philosophy: “Source premium ingredients, work closely with the local farming community, and never take short cuts when preparing a dish.” As an example of this commitment, Posana participates in our Get Local program, which focuses on a featured local ingredient each month to reflect our region’s changing, seasonal harvest. Get Local allows Peter and his team to experiment with the season’s local farm products and serve up the freshest food possible. Peter and Posana have also been active with Growing Minds, helping children learn where their food comes from and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Peter has taught kids how to prepare food and get excited by local food. He was even featured in and provided a recipe for our second Local Food Guide for Kids. To read more about Posana’s relationship with ASAP, check out this wonderful article on the restaurant’s blog.

Whether it’s support from restaurants like Posana and Early Girl Eatery, through creative benefits to connect their customers with local farms and ASAP; or sponsorship support from Greenlife Grocery and Carolina Farm Credit; or support from farms such as Sunburst Trout Farms, which is hosting an upcoming fundraiser for us this summer, we rely on the courtesy of not strangers, but friends!

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