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Thank you to all of our presenters, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, buyers, and volunteers who contributed to making this year’s conference a wonderful networking and learning event. We are thrilled and inspired by the new ideas, connections, and goals that emerged from the workshops, grower-buyer meetings, and conversations that were conducted throughout the day. Check back later this week for photos and slides from our workshops and presentations.

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Do you have conference stories to share? Did you make a surprising connection with a new buyer, or pick up a new tool from a workshop that you can’t wait to apply to your business and marketing plan?  Tell us about your conference experience and what we can do to improve future conferences for our local farmers.

Business of Farming Conference – a not to miss networking and learning event for beginner to established farmers. 

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, 1:1 legal consulting, business and agricultural exhibits, and a locally sourced lunch.  The Business of Farming Conference is your step towards building a more sustainable farm business. 

Workshops for beginning and experienced farmers
Farmers can choose from workshops and structured networking sessions on business planning and financials, direct and wholesale marketing, agritourism, food safety, social media, and much more.  The Business of Farming Conference offers dynamic presentations and workshops led by regional business, agricultural, and legal experts, and farmers who provide valuable personal experience. 

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.


Thank you to our 2016 conference sponsors who help us make our conference possible! 


NCFB logo Buncombe Farm Bureau
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NC Choices Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

We’d also like to thank our conference funders!

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

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