ASAP offers cost-share program for WNC farms and tailgate markets

Calling all local food heroes: In an effort to help WNC farms, tailgate markets and vendors tell their story, the Appalachian Agriculture Sustainable Project is offering cost-share matching funds to help those who qualify to market themselves in a special advertising section of Mountain Xpress.

To qualify, advertisers must apply for the cost-share funds.

Through the joint effort, farmers and other local food vendors can advertise in a special advertorial section in the Mountain Xpress for $250, with half that amount coming from the ASAP funds. The package includes a quarter-page advertorial with a 160-word write-up and 1-2 photos.

To apply for the ASAP cost-share funds, visit ASAP’s website, or download the application form. Farmers need to fill out this farm form and tailgate market operators should apply with using the tailgate form.

For more information, contact the Mountain Xpress by phone at (828) 251-1333 or by email at advertise@mountainx.com .

The funds from the Golden Leaf Foundation and the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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