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2017 Business of Farming Conference – Registration Now Open

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

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 a Grower-Buyer Meeting.

Click here to register and save with our early bird conference pricing. Plus, receive an additional discount when you register with a farm partner! Early bird price is $75 per person or $125 for two farm partners.  Get more information here. 

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”.

2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference

We had a fantastic Southeast Farm to School Conference!  Thank you to all of our attendees, sponsors, presenters, and supporters for making this such a wonderful learning and networking opportunity! We loved meeting so many new faces, and are inspired by the work being done in this region to forward our farm to school movement. Stay tuned for photos, presentations, and other conference snapshots!



ASAP’s Local Food Experience

Thank you to everyone who attended, supported, and participated in our first Local Food Experience!

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A big thank you to the following businesses for donating their time and talents to our local food tasting: 
Buxton Hall Barbecue with Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek, Biltmore Coffee Roasters, French Broad Chocolates, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, HomeGrown with Green River Picklers, Imladris Farm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Looking Glass Creamery, Sunburst Trout Farms, Ultimate Ice Cream, UNC Asheville Dining, and Waynesville Soda Jerks.

Another big thank you to our silent auction donors: Addison Farms Vineyard, Asheville Farm To Table Tours, East Fork Farm, Franny’s Farm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Noble Cider, Omni Grove Park Inn, Root Bottom Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery, and The Montford Bar and Lounge with Chef Philip Boellhoefer.

We’d also like to thank Mountain Food Products for donating local cherry tomatoes (from Ivy Creek Family Farm and Freedom Farm), Hendersonville Community Co-op for donating napkins and forks, and Highland Brewing Company for hosting us in their beautiful new event space!

We couldn’t have done this event without the incredible support of our volunteer and interns!

And of course–thanks to all of YOU for attending and supporting our work to build a thriving local food system.


ASAP’s 2016 Farm Tour was farm-tastic!

Thank you for joining us for our 2016 Farm Tour! Relive the fun by visiting our Facebook or Instagram page and searching hashtag #asapfarmtour.

Fall is a great time to visit local farms! Use our online Local Food Guide to search for farms to visit, and find even more local farm events and tours at

Save the date for the 2017 Farm Tour, June 24 & 25! 

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