EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems

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Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is conducting a survey to gather input from food system stakeholders in the southwestern region of North Carolina (including Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians). The purpose of the survey is to identify opportunities and challenges to developing local food, farm, and supply chain initiatives, and to identify community assets that could be used in support of them. You are receiving this survey because you have been identified as having knowledge of local food and farming in the region.

The survey is part of a food systems assessment that will be used to guide “EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems,” a three-year project designed to develop the local food and farming economy in the southwestern NC region through low-interest loans and cost-shares, training and technical assistance, supply chain enhancement, infrastructure development, agritourism development, value-added production assistance, business planning, and an intern program. The project is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission through a grant awarded to the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). This survey and the assessment are led by ASAP.

We welcome all ideas and input so please share your thoughts freely. All responses will be kept confidential. We estimate the questions will take 8-10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by August 12, 2019.


f you have any issues with this survey or questions, please contact Amy Marion at Amy@asapconnections.org. Thank you for your time and input.