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Planting Seedling

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our Growing Minds program talks about, well, growing—gardens and minds!

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Local Lettuce

Each Thursday, our programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our Growing Minds Farm to School Program talks about how they work within existing food systems and procedures to help schools and institutions make the switch to fresh local food!

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Veggies

…at one of our March CSA Fairs: in Boone on March 18 and in Asheville on March 21! Keep reading for a list of each fair’s participating farms.

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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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Each week, our programs take you behind the scenes of their work. We’ve been talking a lot about the new asapconnections.org. But, growing-minds.org got a redesign not too long ago, too! So this week, our Growing Minds Farm to School Program takes you on a tour of their wondrous website. 

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Come to the Table

Food insecurity is an important issue in WNC. ASAP is excited to be a part of the upcoming Come to the Table Conference that will address how people of faith can work to relieve hunger while supporting local agriculture. We’re also excited to have Sarah Gibson, conference coordinator, share a bit more about the issues and event in this guest post.

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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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Chef Brian Ross of the soon-to-open Dough has been a long-time participant in our Growing Minds Farm to School Cooking Program! He recently said goodbye to November’s Get Local @ School potato month by making potato latkes with his son’s classroom at Avery’s Creek Elementary. And he shared the recipe just in time for us to share with you before Hanukkah begins Saturday! Keep reading for his story and how-to.

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Western North Carolina’s farmers and chefs are out to prove that lettuce can be a lofty vegetable. Farmers grow dozens of colorful, flavorful types and varieties—from Bibb to Romaine and Black Seeded Simpson to Lolla Rosa. Chefs embrace these offerings, even lesser-known heirlooms, and elevate them in all types of dishes. Farmers and chefs are joining with our May Get Local initiative to encourage showing lettuces love.

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