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Register for ASAP’s 2016 Business of Farming Conference

ASAP’s 13th Annual Business of Farming Conference
UNC Asheville, February, 20, 2016
Register before January 15 to save! 

ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for beginning and experienced farmers and those seriously considering farming as a profession. Participants can choose from fifteen workshops designed to help you diversify your business. From marketing strategies to selling to restaurants to agritourism to CSA models, our professional and farmer led sessions offer tools and resources for every level of farmer. The conference also includes an extended lunch period featuring free legal consulting with attorneys from Ward and Smith, P.A., and a Grower-Buyer Meeting with over twenty local chefs, restaurant owners, grocers, and distributors on site to discuss your products and the possibility of a match.

Register by January 15 to save $20! Learn more at

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the conference? Contact Scott Bunn at to learn how you can support local agriculture and share your services with farmers from across the region.

ASAP is Now On the Air!

“Growing Local” is a new radio series on WNCW on Mondays during Morning Edition at 8:45 am. “Growing Local” comes from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, and will feature stories about local food and farms in the Southern Appalachians.

If you miss an episode on the radio, you can follow our SoundCloud page, where they’ll be posted each week. Or, like our Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with “Growing Local”.

ASAP and RAFI-USA Partner and Launch Connect2Direct

ASAP and RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) have partnered on the project, Connect2Direct, a major new initiative to increase farmer direct sales and expand local food access. The goal for the collaboration is to support and build equitable community-based local food economies through the development of direct markets for farmers in North Carolina.

Register for the Connect 2 Direct Summit, Tuesday, December 8, Wake Forest, NC.

Connect2Direct aims to dramatically increase farm to consumer direct sales and the usage of EBT/SNAP at farmers markets in NC – by over 100% within two years – by providing training and technical assistance to markets and market vendors, creating effective marketing and outreach campaigns, facilitating the transactional process for EBT/SNAP, and building statewide capacity and efficiency to sustainably ensure that all North Carolinians have access to fresh foods grown by local farmers.

For upcoming Connect2Direct workshops and announcements, click here.

Click here for the full press release and more information about the project.

Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.

Local Food Sales Surge in WNC

ASHEVILLE, NC (May 2, 2014) – Local food sales in Western North Carolina have grown significantly in the last five years. The 2012 Census of Agriculture, released on May 2, shows that direct sales alone have increased by nearly 70% in the region according to analysis by ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, from under $5 million in 2007 to over $8 million in 2012. The 2012 Census of Agriculture also shows that the region has reversed a disturbing trend in loss of farm acres, actually adding over 10,000 acres between 2007 and 2012 while the rest of North Carolina and the country lost farmland.


Welcome to ASAP’s Website!

We’re very excited that you are exploring our site. We hope you can  quickly find your way to local food and easily find and use our tools for farmers, Appalachian Grown resources, and the latest research from our Local Food Research Center. We also hope the  design helps you better keep up with ASAP’s events and better shares how you can support the local food movement.

As you navigate and explore, please share any positive feedback or difficulties; we’d love to hear your impressions and experiences. Note that we won’t rest on our laurels. Keep an eye out for even more new features and improvements in the months to come!

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