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Series explores farm-fresh health

A series of on-farm symposiums exploring the theme “Farm Fresh for Health” will kick off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Winding Stair Farm and Yonder Community Market in Franklin. 

Geared toward healthcare professionals, the series will address the real and perceived barriers that influence what we eat and ultimate health outcomes. Each symposium will introduce key strategies to combat these issues and highlight examples from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and general community. Sessions will include farm tours, hands-on activities and facilitated discussion about how to use Farm Fresh for Health tools at participants’ healthcare practices. A local food partner will cater a farm-to-table meal on each date. 

“We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice for our patients,” says Dr. Brian Asbill, Chief Health Officer of LoveLife! and former president of ASAP’s board of directors. “Changing culture and environment so that people are nudged to make better food choices, move more, and take part in health-promoting activities, is so important.”

Subsequent sessions are planned for 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Perry’s Berry’s Vineyard and Winery and Fonta Flora Brewery in Morganton; 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at KT’s Orchard and Apiary in Canton; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Hendersonville Farmers Market and Homemade Pasta Noodles in Hendersonville. 

Presented by ASAP, the series is possible through support from Dogwood Health Trust. For more information or to sign up, visit asapconnections.org

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