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Workshops and Trainings


ASAP presents workshops and trainings throughout the year for farmers, market managers, educators, students, and the general community. Besides our annual Business of Farming Conference and Farm to School Conference, we host many one-time workshops. Scroll down to see a list of past and present workshops and webinars, and visit our site for presentations from past ASAP conferences.

Upcoming Workshops

High Tunnel Produce Marketing Tips & Best On-Farm Food Safety Practices Workshop Series, Part 1

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
TCCC Center for Applied Technology, 2415 Airport Road Marble, NC 28905

This workshop will cover two vital pieces of a successful farm business, Marketing and On­-Farm Best Food Safety Practices. The morning session will focus on the marketing of your high tunnel produce and farm products by giving you marketing tips, resources, and inform you about cost ­shares available to aide in your marketing efforts. The afternoon session will focus on Fresh Produce Food Safety by conducting a hands-on field trip to the Cherokee Co. Co­-op Ext. High Tunnel Site.

This is a no cost workshop and lunch is included. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Christina Newhouse at 828­361­2266 or email:

View workshop flyer for full event details: High Tunnel Produce Marketing Tips, Part 1


Tools for Farmers: Sell More At Farmer’s Market Workshop Presentation – for vendors and market managers learn some best practices on improving sales at farmer’s markets.


Webinar Series: Agricultural Funding, Market Diversification, and Crop Insurance/Risk Management:

Recently, in an effort to connect with a greater number of farms across our region,  and increase the accessibility of agricultural information,  ASAP hosted an online webinar series with support provided by the USDA. This webinar series included the topics: agricultural funding, market diversification, and crop insurance/risk management. Every webinar from this series is now viewable in its entirety through the links below. Watch, pause, and rewatch these webinars at your own pace, and contact us if you have any questions regarding material within this series.

Webinar 1: Should crop insurance be part of your farm’s risk management plan

Managing financial risk is a key part of farm sustainability. Crop insurance is one of the tools growers can use to reduce financial risk and increase credit worthiness. The 2014 Farm Bill made several changes that increase crop insurance opportunities for both diversified and organic farms. This workshop will be examining the newly created Whole Farm Revenue Protection policy, new organic crop price elections for organically produced crops, and new Non-insured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) buy-up options. Join us as we work to understand how new crop insurance programs can increase the competitiveness of highly diversified and organic farms.

James Robinson – Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)


Webinar 2: How to Pay for it; Grant, Loan, and Cost Share Options for Farms. 

Whether you are building the efficiency of your farm with equipment or investing in a new enterprise, this workshop will offer an overview of options for accessing capital. Hear about services and resources available through your local FSA chapter, what records you need to be eligible for loans and how to stay connected with grant or cost share opportunities for farms in our region.

Molly Nicholie – Program Director, ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)

Becky Williamson – County Executive Director, Swain/Jackson/Macon FSA


Webinar 3: Sell What You Grow – Diversifying Your Market Opportunities 

Are farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, or wholesalers a good market for your farm? Join this webinar to learn more about the pros and cons of selling to a variety of local markets and how to determine if they are a good match for your operation. Find out more about strategies and tools for connecting with buyers and promoting your products.

Molly Nicholie – Program Director, ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)




Past Workshops:

Connect2Direct Summit
December 8, 2015, Wake Forest University’s Benson Center, Wake Forest, NC.

The Connect 2 Direct Summit has passed but you can learn more about the project here. The goal of the summit was to bring together the farmers market community (farmers, market managers, board members) to learn, share, and build the network and viability of farmers markets across the state, and draw on the information and experience of those working with, at and for farmers markets in North Carolina.

For additional information contact: Salem Neff at or (919)542-1396 ext.206

The Connect2Direct Summit is co-hosted by RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation Int’l) and ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project).

Farmer Resource Directory


Looking for assistance and resources to improve your farm business? Consult the directory below to quickly navigate to the topic of your interest, and learn how ASAP’s Appalachian Grown Branding and Certification Program and Local Food Guide can support your farm business. […]Read More ▶▶

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