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Are YOU Registered Yet for the Business of Farming Conference?

The Business of Farming Conference is just two weeks away! Are you registered yet? Register online or call 828-236-1282.

On February 25 at AB Tech Community College in Asheville, NC, network with farmers and business and agricultural professionals from across the region, and learn strategies for building a more sustainable and profitable farm business. The Business of Farming Conference is for beginning and experienced farmers and those seriously considering farming as a profession, and includes business and marketing workshops, exclusive networking opportunities including the (biggest ever) Grower-Buyer Meeting, “Ask a Lawyer” Session, Farmers Market Managers Roundtable, locally sourced breakfast and lunch, and much more! Register today to secure your spot, and save $30 when you register with a farm partner before February 20.     

Winter Markets are Now Open

Looking for local farm products this winter? Many farmer tailgate markets return with seasonal hours and locations. Find a winter farmers market near you to stock up.  You can also use the Local Food Guide to find more Appalachian Grown™ businesses and farm stores that carry local products all year long.

Cool Season Crop Production Workshop

Kick off your winter planning with an additional workshop offered by ASAP in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension.

Cool Season Crop Production Workshop – February 24, 1-4 pm, Buncombe County, NC, farm location TBA
This session will kick off a 2017 Mills River Farm School Production Intensive Series focusing on soils, disease, pests and post-harvest practices for seasonal crops. View our workshops page to register and learn more.

CSA Time is Almost Here!

Spring is fast approaching. That means Southern Appalachian farmers will soon begin harvesting asparagus, greens, and spring onions to sell at farmers tailgate markets and to pack directly for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share subscribers. To help those interested in a CSA find the right one for them, ASAP is hosting a CSA Fair on March 16, 3-6 pm at Jubilee! in downtown Asheville.

ASAP’s CSA Fair is an opportunity to meet farmers face-to-face and learn about their CSA programs and products. You can sign up to learn more from farmers or bring your checkbook to subscribe on the spot! Groups from workplaces and religious congregations are encouraged to attend — many farms will deliver direct to these locations if there is sufficient demand.

All participating farms have pickup locations in Asheville or Buncombe County. The fair will also feature children’s activities and a local food tasting to inspire your CSA dishes. Learn more about the fair and tell your friends and neighbors! Participating farms will be posted soon!

This event is free and open to the public.

Tune in to “Growing Local”, ASAP’s Weekly Audio Series on WNCW

“Growing Local” is a radio series on WNCW on Mondays during Morning Edition at 8:45 am. “Growing Local” comes from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, and features 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 go to Growing Local on iTunes. Or, like our Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with “Growing Local”.

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