ASAP presents workshops and trainings throughout the year for farmers, market managers, educators, students, and the general community. We host several conferences and one-time workshops and trainings. Scroll down for a list of workshops and webinars, and click here to access past workshop slides and presentations.
Upcoming Workshops and Trainings
Vegetable Disease Identification and Control Options
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
9am-1pm, hosted by Alan and Kathlyn Farmer of Flowing S Farm
65 Heirloom Drive, Sylva, NC 28779
Registration: $15, includes locally sourced lunch
Western NC Cooperative Extension Agents will be presenting a hands-on Intensive Vegetable Disease Workshop addressing major disease issues for commercial vegetable crops in our area. A variety of diseases, crops and management options (conventional and Organic) will be discussed, primarily focusing on major crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucurbits, and brassicas. In addition to identifying some of the major diseases in our area, participants will receive spray schedules, learn IPM for vegetables, and learn about scouting and thresholds for mitigation.
Market Strategies and Financial Management for Farms – Rescheduled, Date TBD
**The Market Strategies and Financial Management for Farms workshop and Grower-Buyer Meeting is being rescheduled for a later date in the year. Date and location to be announced soon.**
Monday, September 25th, 2017
8:30 am-1:30 pm, includes Grower-Buyer Meeting
Mad Batter Food and Film, Sylva, NC
Registration: $15, includes locally sourced lunch. Register online or contact ASAP at 828-236-1282 to register by phone.
Speakers: Molly Nicholie, ASAP and Kimberly Hunter, Mountain BizWorks
Join ASAP and Mountain Bizworks for a morning workshop designed to determine which financial aspects of your farm enterprise are working this season and how to strategically plan for the future. Learn more about direct marketing and best considerations for financial management in your growing enterprise. Followed by a Far West focused regional Grower-Buyer Meeting. Meet one-on-one with local buyers to determine if your product and their sourcing needs are a good match.
Confirmed Grower-Buyer Meeting Buyers:
- City Lights Cafe
- Guadalupe Cafe
- Mad Batter Food and Film
- Nantahala Brewing Company
- Waynesville Soda Jerks
- Additional buyers to be announced soon!
ASAP’s 2018 Business of Farming Conference
Saturday, February 24, 2018, Asheville, NC
Registration will open in September
The Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for beginning and experienced farmers, as well as those seriously considering farming as a profession. Each year, farmers from across the region come together with agricultural and business professionals, legal experts, and local buyers to share resources and ideas, network, and make valuable connections. Learn more about the Business of Farming Conference.
Tools for Farmers: Sell More At Farmer’s Markets – This presentation educates vendors and market managers about best practices for improving sales at farmer’s markets.
Past Conference Presentations
Scroll through workshops and trainings from ASAP staff, regional farmers, and local agricultural and business professionals on ASAP’s slideshare.net site. Find comprehensive presentations on business and marketing topics, including business and financial planning, direct marketing and wholesale marketing strategies, media, agritourism, food safety, farm to school, and much more.
Growing Your Agritourism Venture
Monday, May 8, 9 am-4 pm
Ivy Creek Family Farm, 390 North Fork Rd., Barnardsville, NC
Join agricultural, marketing and business professionals to take a deeper look at your agritourism farm business. Whether it be farm tours, events, U-pick or other agritourism activities, connect with other farmers and professionals in the region to learn more about improving visitor experience, marketing, record keeping, access to capital, legal and insurance considerations, and planning strategies for creating a successful farm business. Includes light breakfast and lunch, as well as a “Mock” Farm Tour. This is a not-to-miss farmer workshop for anyone interested in expanding their existing agritourism ventures!
9:00-9:30 Welcome and introductions
9:30-11:00 Making the most of your operation: Tools & strategies to improve experiences for visitors and profitability for farms.
Marketing strategies (ASAP)
Developing metrics for record keeping (Kimberly Hunter – Mountain BizWorks)
11:00-12:00 Challenges for Agritourism
Legal questions to consider (Bill Durr – Ward & Smith P.A.)
Thinking through insurance (Tracy Cotton – Morrow Insurance)
12:00-1:00 Lunch and networking
Resource tables: FSA, MBW, ASAP, Ward & Smith P.A., Morrow Insurance
1:00-2:00 Considerations for scaling up and assessing expansion
Record keeping/business planning (Kimberly Hunter – Mountain BizWorks)
Accessing credit and thinking holistically
Managing risk on both sides of scale (FSA resources)
2:00-2:30 dessert and networking
2:30-4:00 Opportunities for Agritourism (walking farm tour and discussion)
Workshop Facilitators: Molly Nicholie and Robin Lenner of ASAP, Kimberly Hunter of Mountain BizWorks, Tracy Cotton of Morrow Insurance Agency, Bill Durr of Ward and Smith P.A. Attorneys at Law, and Anna Littman of Ivy Creek Family Farm.
Lunch sponsored by Blue Dream Curry House
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. 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 the material within this series.
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 examines 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)
Whether you are building the efficiency of your farm with equipment or investing in a new enterprise, this workshop offers 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 and cost share opportunities.
Molly Nicholie – Program Director, ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)
Becky Williamson – County Executive Director, Swain/Jackson/Macon FSA
Are farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, and wholesalers good buyers for your farm? This webinar explores 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 and Trainings:
Pricing for Profit
Tuesday, January 31, 4–7 pm, ASAP office, Asheville NC, hosted by Mountain BizWorks
Financial success in business rarely comes by accident, this seminar focuses on learning and using basic business financial planning and analysis techniques that are vital in creating profitability for farming enterprises. We will learn and apply techniques, such as determining your cost structure, evaluating revenue streams, creating break-even analyses and factors to take into consideration when pricing your products. Most of all we will learn how digging into the numbers can be enlightening and fun!
Instructor: Barry Gupton, Mountain Bizworks Financial Planning Coach, William Lyons, Bluebird Farm
$20 per person, includes a light meal.
Space is limited; register online here, or call ASAP at (828) 236-1282 to register by phone.
December 8, 2015, Wake Forest University’s Benson Center, Wake Forest, NC.
This summit brought together the farmers market community (farmers, market managers, and board members) to learn, share, and build the network and viability of farmers markets across the state, as well as draw on the information and experience of those working with farmers markets in North Carolina.
For additional information, contact Salem Neff at [email protected] or (919) 542-1396 ext.206
The Connect2Direct Summit was co-hosted by RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation Int’l) and ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project).