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Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:42 am

ASAP Local Food Guide is Back

The growing season has arrived in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians! Finding seasonal local farm products at farmers tailgate markets is certainly a sign of spring along with local food at restaurants and roadside stands. It is also the time of year to pick up the latest edition of ASAP’s Local Food Guideto find the best sources for Appalachian Grown™ food.

“The community asks for local food, and ASAP’s Local Food Guide is the best way to find it,” says Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign Director. “In the guide, you can find hundreds of  local family farms, farmers tailgate markets, restaurants, grocers, artisan foods, lodging, and travel destinations featuring  an astounding variety of local products.” ASAP renews and collects data each year so that the best, current information is available for consumers.

This year’s Local Food Guide offers stories of people making positive changes in the food system including parents and children cooking seasonally and adding the farmers tailgate market to their routines, farmers developing networks to meet increasing demand for local products, and more. Other features include area restaurants building community connections through local food, and details about ASAP’s programs such as the Growing Minds Farm to School Program and the Local Food Research Center.

Print copies will be distributed to locations in every county in Western North Carolina and other partners in the Southern Appalachians. A full list of distribution points can be found atasapconnections.org. Search by product or location at ASAP’s online Local Food Guide atappalachiangrown.org. The 2016 Local Food Guide can always be picked up at ASAP’s office: 306 West Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

The 2016 Local Food Guide is made possible with support from Buncombe County Service Foundation, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Farm Aid, TVA Ag & Forestry Fund, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and Asheville Area Airport.

ABOUT 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. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

Online Self Defense at the Library April 25-26

FIRST PART

 

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join Sean Haupt for the first in a series of Online Self Defense classes on Monday, April 25th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Meeting Room at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607.

The internet is a scary place.  Come learn to defend your privacy online.  This is the first of an ongoing series.  White belt level will cover the basics that everyone should know including: Protecting yourself from malware and viruses, keeping your computer up to date, and setting good passwords.

Space is limited to 10 participants. To RSVP or for more information please call: (828) 264-8784ext. 2.

SECOND PART

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join Sean Haupt for the second in a series of Online Self Defense classes on Tuesday, April 26th from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm in the Meeting Room at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607.

The internet is a scary place.  Come learn to defend your privacy online.  This is the second part of an ongoing series.  Yellow belt level will include: safe web browsing practices, privacy enhancing browser plugins, and how to prevent websites from tracking you.

Space is limited to 10 participants. To RSVP or for more information please call: (828) 264-8784ext. 2.

ASU Apparel Design Showcase Set for April 24

Appalachian State University’s Apparel Design and Merchandising program will host its annual showcase Sunday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for general admission.

Appalachian’s Apparel Design and Merchandising program is housed in the university’s Department of Applied Design in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The program focuses on apparel and textiles while emphasizing both design and merchandising.

The annual showcase features collections and individual pieces designed by students and faculty. This year’s show will feature a series of cohesive collections created by students enrolled in the spring 2016 Apparel Production class. Additional work featured will include individual student designs created in the following classes: Apparel Construction, Flat Pattern Design, Sustainability in the Apparel Industry and the Reebok Studio, as well as independent student designs created outside of classes. There will also be a brief exhibition featuring faculty designs.

The showcase is an opportunity for students to share their creations as well as a chance for campus and local communities to learn more about the Apparel Design and Merchandising program.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://theschaefercenter.org/tickets or at the door.

Farmland Preservation Board Meeting May 2

The Farmland Preservation Program Advisory Board will have a meeting on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 8:00 am at the Soil and Water District Office 971 West King Street Boone. The public is invited to attend.

Watauga Soil and Water Board to Meet April 27

The Watauga Soil and Water Conservation District Board will hold its regular Board meeting Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 8:00 am at the Soil & Water Office located at 971 West King Street, Boone NC 28607.The public is invited to attend.

“Sailing, Speed and Passion” with Gary Jobson at Watauga Lake May 21

WLSC and the Tri-Cities Boating Club Johnson City Sail and Power Squadron wil present “Sailing, Speed and Passion” with Gary Jobson, world class sailor, at Lakeshore Marina on Watauga Lake, Sailboat Dock 2285 on U.S. Highway 321 in Hampton, Tennessee, on May 21. Reservations are required. 1:30 p.m. for junior sailors will precede the 3 p.m. pain event. Admission is $20 for the main event and $10 for juniors. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

Get tickets online at www.eventbrite.com/e/sailing-speed-passion-by-gary-jobson-tickets-20150336198.

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