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2017 Business of Farming Conference – Early Bird Registration Ends February 1.

ASAP’s 14th Annual Business of Farming Conference
AB Tech Community College, Asheville, North Carolina
Saturday, February 25, 2017
View a list of conference workshops

Spend the day learning and networking with farmers across the region, and learn strategies for building a more sustainable and profitable farm business. Your conference registration includes more than a dozen farmer and business professional led workshops, an exhibitor hall, locally sourced lunch, and exclusive networking opportunities including the Grower-Buyer Meeting, Ask-A-Lawyer Session, and Farmers Market Managers Roundtable.

Register now to save on early bird conference pricing. Early bird registration ends February 1. Receive an additional $25 discount when you register with a farm partner. Early bird price is $75 per person or $125 for two farm partners; $95 beginning February 2. Get more information here. 

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.

Additional Winter Workshops for Farmers

Kick off your winter planning with two additional workshops offered by ASAP in partnership with Mountain BizWorks and NC Cooperative Extension.

Pricing for Profit – January 31, 4-7 pm, ASAP Office, Asheville, NC
This stand alone workshop will be a good lead-in for the business planning track at ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference.

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.

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”.

The 2015 Appalachian Grown Survey Results Are In!

This past March, ASAP’s Local Food Research Center sent a survey to all Appalachian Grown (AG) certified farms. The purpose of this survey was to better understand the experiences of farmers in our region, learn about the impact of our work, and to gather feedback to help shape the program’s future direction. We are very pleased to share that we received responses from 222 farms.

Our 2015 AG Producer Survey Report contains the findings from the survey and a summary of selected survey results from over the last three years. Highlights from our findings:

  • Most farmers report that there are more market outlets available to them in 2015 compared to 2014;
  • Customers are specifically asking for AG certified products – 68% of respondents reported that customers are asking for AG certified products;
  • Farmers are using AG materials to brand their products – 47% of farmers’ total sales were identified as AG;
  • Farmers consider AG promotional materials to be very important in helping to increase sales;
  • Restaurants are the biggest area of increased sales – 29% reported that their sales to restaurants increased from 2014 to 2015.

Our 2016 Appalachian Grown survey will be sent in January 2017.

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