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ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference is an annual business and marketing conference open to beginning and established farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession.

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Tracy CottonASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with Tracy Cotton, a farm and small business account executive for Morrow Insurance Agency in Marion, NC. In addition to speaking at the Business of Farming Conference, Tracy is a dedicated ASAP volunteer!

Q: How are you involved with ASAP and local food and farms? 
I began volunteering with ASAP in 2016. I am a Farm to Fork Insurance Agent in WNC so I am connected to the community by occupation, but also by passion. I chose to focus on farms, food manufacturing, craft beverage, restaurants, and food retailers because I love being part of protecting and connecting. Personally, I grew up in middle Tennessee with farming cousins and enjoyed many weekends helping out (or at least enjoyed the freedom of walking their many acres of pasture).

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Sunburst’s Second Summer Solstice Soiree for ASAP is fast approaching – June 21, to be precise! Sunburst Trout Farms is graciously hosting the dinner as a benefit for ASAP. Tickets are going fast, so BUY YOURS NOW to enjoy dishes sure to be talked about for some time to come! Read the rest of this entry »

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ASAP has seven new interns this spring! Those include an Operations intern, two Growing Minds Farm to School Program interns, two Local Food Campaign interns, a photography intern, and a communications intern. Interns are an integral part in keeping ASAP running smoothly. We are excited that this is one of the biggest intern groups that ASAP has had at one time. Without further ado, meet the interns!

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Are you a farmer looking for new places to sell your products, or a buyer looking for more local food sources?  Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign director, gives us the scoop on how farmers and buyers can establish new relationships at the grower-buyer meetings held at our Business of Farming Conference on February 22. Register and learn more about the conference here.

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Our Business of Farming Conference is just around the corner on February 22! Spend a day learning new tools to grow your farm business, networking with other participants, and picking up helpful community resources.

Read more to find out reasons why you don’t want to miss this conference!

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Nate Allen

Each week, our programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our communications and development team does what they do best: tell stories! Specifically, they pass on the tales told by farmers and chefs at our recent Business of Farming Conference

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2013 Conference Notebooks

Our tenth Business of Farming Conference was a great success! BIG thanks to all the attendees, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and sponsors who made the event not only possible but a pleasure. Want to get a glimpse at what your farmers were up to all day? Were there but want to relive your experience? Keep reading for a Storify collection of tweets and posts. More photos and video are coming soon…

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New Website

Each week, our programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our communications team talks about work that has been a long time coming: the redevelopment of ASAP’s main website, asapconnections.org! The old site was a great resource but needed an overhaul, so the team—spearheaded by our web coordinator—rolled up their sleeves and made it happen. Keep reading for an introduction and quick user guide.

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Local Lasagne

The BIG event we affectionately call BOF—our 10th annual Business of Farming Conference—is exactly one week away: Saturday, February 23! The menu is anything but your average conference fare. It’s all locally sourced, of course, and as fresh and delicious as it can get. So, this week’s ‘top 10’ list is all about the food…

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