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Save the Date for the 2017 Business of Farming Conference
Saturday, February 25, Asheville, North Carolina.  

ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for beginning to experienced farmers and those seriously considering farming as a profession.  Our annual farmer conference features a wide variety of workshops and structured networking sessions tailored to farmers looking to diversify and strengthen their farm businesses. The Business of Farming Conference also features 1:1 meetings with regional wholesale buyers, free legal consulting, business and agricultural exhibits, and a locally sourced lunch.

ASAP’s 14th Annual Business of Farming Conference
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Where: Asheville, North Carolina; Venue TBA
Details: Join our monthly e-newsletter to receive conference updates or contact Robin Lenner, Events Coordinator, at for more information.  Venue details, workshops, exhibitor information, and special conference offering will be posted later this summer and fall.

Workshops for New, 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. 

Meetings with Regional Buyers
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.

1:1 Business, Legal, and Marketing Consulting
Experts are on hand to answer questions and provide one-on-one business and marketing 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!


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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