Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center
A business and marketing conference for professional and aspiring farmers.
ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the Southeast to share resources, tools, and information to build more viable farm businesses. At the conference, farmers learn about marketing, business planning, storytelling, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is open to beginning and established farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession. Register online today, or contact us at [email protected] or 828-236-1282 for more information.
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 Consulting and Networking
Experts and professionals are on hand to answer your questions and on farm business planning, social media marketing, legal concerns, insurance considerations, taxes, and more. A farmers market managers meeting will also be conducted for farmers market managers and 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.
Become a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2018 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 support of local food and farms. Contact Scott Bunn at [email protected] to learn more about our exciting sponsorship opportunities.
2018 Workshop Topics
- Business Planning Track
- CSA Options and Opportunities
- Farm Lodging
- Legal Topics for Farmers
- Market Managers Roundtable
- Marketing your Farm with Social Media
- Photography Basics and Composition
- Sell More at Farmers Markets
- Selling to Restaurants
- Starting a Farm Business 101
- Storytelling Workshop
- Storytelling Workshop Part 2
- Structuring Labor on the Farm
- and more!
A full list of workshop topics, descriptions, and speakers coming soon!
How to register:
Register online or call 828-236-1282 to register over the phone. Early bird registration is $75 per person or $125 for two farm partners until January 31. Late registration is $95 per person beginning February 1. The conference has sold out in the past, early registration is recommended.
Special Deal until December 10: Get a $10 coupon code off your Business of Farming Conference registration when you register for our financial planning seminar on December 12: Pricing for Profit. This standalone workshop focuses on learning basic business financial planning and analysis techniques to increase the profitability of your farm enterprises.
What farmers and participants 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