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CLICK HERE to learn more about and submit your entry or entries to our 2013 Farm Tour Photo Contest! Deadline to submit is midnight on Wednesday, September 25.

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Round Mountain Creamery Goats

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our development department heard from Carrie Keller, a local food lover and ASAP supporter. She shared with us her memories of last year’s Farm Tour and her excitement about the 2013 event. After you read her tour story, we hope you’ll share yours—whether of a past experience or what you’re most looking forward to this weekend!

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Local Picnic Basket

This year, the Henderson County Farm Tour cluster is bigger and better than ever! That excites the team at Hendersonville Community Co-op, an Appalachian Grown partner retailer. While selling tour passes, Community Outreach Coordinator Gretchen Schott Cummins had a brilliant idea: stop into the store before touring farms to pick up local items for a picnic! In this post, she shares her basket recommendations.

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Sunny Point Cafe

Our first-ever Farm Tour kickoff party is coming right up: Thursday, September 19, from 6 until 9 pm. (That means our 2013 Farm Tour is almost here, September 21 and 22.) Sunny Point Cafe is graciously hosting the Spade to Spoon Social—as well as generously donating a percentage of sales to ASAP—and they’ve put together one mouthwatering menu!

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Hickory Nut Gap Visit

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our Growing Minds Farm to School Program talks to the youngest of our area farmers and finds out why they think the 2013 Farm Tour is a must for kids!

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Enjoying the Farm Tour

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our Local Food Campaign shares their recipe for making a fun-filled Farm Tour!

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Local Food Bumper Sticker

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, a member of our research team wonders, “Why is local food working in Asheville and the Southern Appalachians but not necessarily in other places?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Our 10th annual Business of Farming Conference has come and gone, but we’ve still got at least one special conference ‘top 10’ list up our sleeve! This post-event recap shares 10+ ways (there are just too many!) attendees—and farmers and local foodies that couldn’t make it—can stay connected with ASAP throughout 2013.

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New Website

Each week, our programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our communications team talks about work that has been a long time coming: the redevelopment of ASAP’s main website, asapconnections.org! The old site was a great resource but needed an overhaul, so the team—spearheaded by our web coordinator—rolled up their sleeves and made it happen. Keep reading for an introduction and quick user guide.

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ASAP as a whole is certainly greater than the sum of our parts, aka programs. That being said, our parts are great when called out to stand alone, too. And that’s exactly what we’re doing with this year-end post and what we plan to do in 2013. That’s right, be on the lookout for a brand new category here at From Here: Program Post! But let’s not leave 2012 behind just yet…

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