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12 Reasons to Attend the 12th Annual Business of Farming Conference

Our Business of Farming Conference is just around the corner on Saturday, February 14! Spend a day (or two) learning, networking, and discovering tools and resources to build your farm business! Read more to find out reasons why you don’t want to miss this conference!

  1. Choose from 17 different workshops, including risk management, agritourism, and farm business planning and recordkeeping – there’s plenty of options for beginning and experienced farmers.

  2. Start your conference a day early with NEW Friday afternoon workshop intensives. Go in depth on popular topics including food safety, whole animal processing, and value added products.

  3. Meet one-on-one and possibly make a match with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers at the Grower-Buyer Meetings.

  4. Improve sales at your farmers’ market, and pick up new management and promotion strategies, including accepting SNAP/EBT in one of our three farmers market workshops.

  5. Get your questions answered about business planning, social media, graphic design, and more in our 1-on-1 consulting sessions with business and agricultural professionals.

  6. Multiple lawyers from Ward and Smith, P.A. will be on hand with varying specialties and types of practice. Tap into their knowledge and the opportunity to get free legal advice.

  7. Take home over 150 pages of helpful business, agritourism, and marketing resources in our electronic conference notebook, or purchase a printed copy for a very low rate.

  8. Enjoy a locally sourced breakfast and lunch featuring ingredients from a variety of regional Appalachian Grown certified farms, including vegetarian options.

  9. While we will sure miss the beautiful Warren Wilson College campus, our new conference location at the UNC Asheville Sherrill Center features an expanded exhibitor hall and convenient access to downtown Asheville.

  10. Speaking of Asheville, consider staying a night, and take advantage of special lodging and restaurant discounts offered by area hotels and ASAP’s Get Local partner restaurants for conference attendees.

  11. The Business of Farming Conference is the perfect place for valuable networking opportunities with other local farms and businesses from around the region.

  12. And last, but certainly not least, because YOU have great stories and a wealth of expertise to share with other attendees!

Registration is still open, with a BIG discount for farms who register more than one person. Get all the details and sign up HERE. Our conference typically sells out so don’t wait!