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Business of Farming Conference


Get a feel for the event by watching this video from our 2013 Business of Farming Conference.

Register online for the 2015 Business of Farming Conference.

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

ASAP’s 12th Annual Business of Farming Conference: 

ASAP’s 2015 Business of Farming Conference will be held on Saturday, February 14 and will feature a new  location at the UNC Asheville Sherrill Center located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.  There are 17 workshops to choose from for both beginning and experienced farmers, and NEW this year Friday afternoon intensives hosted by regional farmers and agricultural professionals.  

The main conference will be held on Saturday, February 14, 8-5:30 pm.  Friday afternoon intensives will be held on February 13 between 1-5 pm  in multiple off-site locations. The conference sells out every year so register today to secure your spot!  Early bird registration ends January 15. 

Conference Schedule:

Friday Workshop Intensives
1-5 pm; 3-4 hour workshops in multiple off-site locations

Saturday Conference Schedule
8-8:45 Registration and Local Food Breakfast. Exhibitor Hall opens at 8.
8:45-9:30 Welcome
9:45-11:15 Workshops Block 1
11:15-1:30 Lunch + Networking + Visit Exhibits
11:30-1:15 Grower Buyer Meeting + Consulting Sessions
1:30-3 Workshops Block 2
3-3:30 Break
3:30-5 Workshops Block 3
5-5:30 Networking

Registration costs:

Early bird registration:
$50 per person or $75 for 2 farm partners by January 15
$15 per person for a Friday afternoon workshop
$10 per printed conference notebook

Registration after January 15
$75 per person or $100 for 2 farm partners after January 15
$30 per person for a Friday afternoon workshop
$10 per printed conference notebook

Registration includes: admission to the Saturday conference, a locally sourced breakfast and lunch, an electronic farmer resource notebook, and meeting opportunities with business and legal consultants, as well as restaurant owners, chefs, and distributors during the popular Grower-Buyer Meeting. Hardcopy conference notebooks are also available for purchase for $10. Register online here or download and print our registration brochure to pay by check. 

Conference Activities:

Workshops for beginning and experienced farmers:

ASAP’s 2015 conference offers 17 workshop options and NEW Friday afternoon pre-conference sessions.  From farm business planning to agritourism to recordkeeping, our 2015 conference will provide you with the tools you need to help grow  your farm business. Visit our workshop page for full descriptions of the Friday afternoon workshops and a list of Saturday conference topics.   A finalized 2015 workshop schedule and agenda will be posted in January.

Lunchtime Activities:BOF_2014_02_22_edits_026

Choose from a variety of activities during lunch including our popular Grower-Buyer Meetings, one-on-one or small group consultations with  legal, business, and agricultural professionals, visiting our expanded exhibitor hall, or networking with farmers from across the region. All while enjoying a delicious locally sourced meal!

Grower-buyer Meetings
Meet with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers in small groups to discuss your products and the possibility of a match between what you produce and what each buyer needs.

Consulting Sessions/Ask a Lawyer:
Experts from around the region will be on hand to answer your questions. Areas of support include business planning, marketing, legal services, EBT at farmers markets, land access, and much more!

Exhibitor Hall
Network and connect with a wide range of businesses and agricultural resources from around our region. Visit our exhibitor and sponsor page to learn more about exhibiting at the 2015 Business of Farming Conference. 

Learn more here about the Grower-Buyer Meetings and consulting sessions.

Thank you to our conference sponsors who help make this event possible! 



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We’d also like to thank our conference funders!

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