Each year, ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together farmers from across North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Region region to learn, network, and establish new connections to grow and diversify their farm businesses. The conference is geared towards beginning and experienced farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession.
The 2018 Business of Farming Conference will be held at AB Tech College on February 24, 2018.
What attendees are saying about the Business of Farming Conference:
“Thank you so much for all of your hard work putting together the ASAP conference this year. It was uplifting to be around so many farmers and share in a collective goal of not only providing healthy food options but ways to educate and empower our communities to support one another. The workshops I attended were top notch and have given us plenty of “homework” to help us better ourselves, our farm, and our customers.”
– Stacey and John Michael Thompson, Fiddlehead Farm
“Thank you both for a wonderful event today! This was our first event with ASAP and it was very worthwhile. We attended some very helpful workshops and made some key connections with potential buyers. We had an email from one by the time we got home! We have several follow ups to do this week and look forward to furthering our business.
– Julie DeMilt, Past Ur Time Farm
“The single most valuable aspect of the Grower-Buyer meetings was the opportunity to connect with local growers. Often times we have local products right under our noses, but without events like these, there is not a chance to connect.”
– Derek Campbell, Earth Fare
Workshops for Beginning and Experienced Farmers
The Business of Farming Conference offers workshops led by regional business, marketing, and legal experts, as well as regional farmers who provide valuable personal experience. Choose workshops and structured networking sessions on business planning and financials, direct and wholesale marketing, agritourism, risk management, insurance and legal considerations, and much more.
Meet with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers to discuss sourcing and possible matches between what you produce and what each buyer needs — it’s like speed dating for local sourcing! Many farmers have made connections with participating buyers, and many more have improved their ability to serve wholesale accounts.
One-to-One and Group Consulting and Networking
Experts and professionals are on hand to answer your questions and provide business and marketing support and legal counsel. Areas of support include business planning, legal services, insurance considerations, tax support, and more. A farmers market managers meeting will also be conducted for area farmers market staff.
Exhibitor Hall – Resources for Farmers
Local agricultural, business, and legal businesses will be set up in our exclusive exhibitor hall offering your farm business tools to grow smartly and safely. Interested in being an exhibitor at our 2018 conference? Contact us to get involved with connecting your services with local farmers.
Sponsor the Business of Farming Conference:
Our conference sponsors make the Business of Farming Conference possible for area farmers to gain skills and connections to grow successful farm businesses. Join us as a 2018 conference sponsor and show your community your support of local food and farms. Contact Scott Bunn at [email protected] to learn more about our exciting sponsorship opportunities.
See what we did at last year’s conference:
To see the scope of our conference offerings and resources click on the links below: