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ASAP’s annual Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for farmers and those seriously considering farming as a profession. Our conference offers business and marketing workshops, networking opportunities, and resources to help farmers grow and diversify their businesses.  The conference also features meetings with wholesale buyers, professional consulting opportunities, business and agricultural exhibits, and a locally sourced lunch.   

ASAP’s 2016 Annual Business of Farming Conference

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8:30-5:00 pm
Highsmith Student Union, UNC Asheville in downtown Asheville, NC.
Directions to the conference can be found at:

Registration Information – save $40 when registering for more than one person!
Early bird registration has passed, but farmers can take advantage of additional savings when registering for more than one person.  Registration is $90 per person, or $140 for two farm partners.  Register online or download and print a mail-in registration form to pay by check.

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Get monthly conference updates by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter, or contact us at for more information. Scroll down for more conference information including what workshops will be offered this year, details on our Grower-Buyer Meeting, and how to support and get involved with the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor.

Grow Your Farm Business at BOF! 

Whether you’re looking to grow your farm business or just getting started, the Business of Farming Conference has something for you!

Workshops for beginning and experienced farmers 
Choose from over a dozen workshops and structured networking sessions on farm business planning, marketing, agritourism, FSMA, social media, and more.  The Business of Farming Conference offers resources for farmers to grow their businesses, market options, and networks. Check out our list of workshops and special networking opportunities.  

Grower-Buyer Meetings
Meet with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers to discuss your products and the possibility of a match between what you produce and what each buyer needs. Many farmers have made connections with participating buyers, and many more have gotten the conversation started! Learn more about the conference’s Grower-Buyer Meetings and how to prepare, including completing your Local Food Guide and Wholesale Local Food Guide listings.

Consulting Sessions
Experts are on hand to answer questions and provide one-on-one support and legal counsel. Areas of support include business planning, legal services, managing a farmers markets, and more.

Scholarships for Farmers – extended deadline

To make our conference more accessible to all farms in our region, ASAP has a limited number of partial scholarships available for farmers within the Appalachian Grown region. Partial scholarships cover 50%  of the conference registration fee. Scholarships will be awarded based on need and application responses. Click here to submit your application online. Scholarships must be electronically submitted before February 15.


Thank you to our conference sponsors who help us make our conference possible! 


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Mountain BizWorks Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
NC Choices

We’d also like to thank our conference funders!

Buncombe County
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Interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor of the conference or future conferences?  Learn more about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities and contact Scott Bunn at for more information.

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