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Jessica Franz Spiegel

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with farmer Jessica Franz Spiegel, owner of Terra Lingua Growers, which will be a stop on the 2019 Farm Tour in the Henderson Cluster. Read the rest of this entry »

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This session defines what agritourism is and analyzes its benefits and best practices. The A-B Tech Small Business Center (SBC) is collaborating with the Madison County Cooperative Extension office to offer a Business of Agritourism series which consists of seven seminars. This series will cover essential business elements in planning and operating an Agritourism business. Tourism and Agriculture are the top two economic drivers in North Carolina; thus it makes great business sense to combine these industries to promote our local agriculture economy.
The Agritourism training curriculum is an output of the Economic Impacts Work Group of the NC Cooperative Extension Local Foods Program Team. The combined effort with the A-B Tech SBC office is meant to raise awareness about the excellent free business planning resources available at the SBC offices located in Buncombe and Madison counties. Ideally, farmers will leave this series with a foundation for an Agritourism business plan and continue to use the resources of both the Cooperative Extension and the Small Business Center as their Agritourism businesses thrive. This series introduces agritourism to attendees and explores its many manifestations.

Speaker(s): Ross Young, CED, Madison Cooperative Extension

Co-Sponsor(s): Madison Cooperative Extension

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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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August 18-21, 2017
Excite Your Senses… Come Visit Western North Carolina’s Premier Cattle Ranch
Join us for ‘The Great American Eclipse’ in Hayesville NC.

Walnut Hollow RV Campground in Hayesville NC will offer great vistas for the eclipse.
RV camping, tent camping and The Loft lodging for your weekend stay. The area offers many sightseeing opportunities.

Walnut Hollow Ranch will be in the direct path of the eclipse, one of the few places in the center path where viewers will see a total solar eclipse!

The Partial phase will start at 1:05:53pm and the totality of the eclipse will begin at 2:34:41pm and last for 2 minutes and 33 seconds.

Choose Your Weekend Package: RV – Loft – Tent
Eclipse Package Includes:
Aug. 18 – Arrival
Aug. 19 – Farm Tour 10am
Premium Black Angus Burger Cookout with Musician Tom Edwards 5-8pm
Aug. 20 – Sightsee Local Attractions & Cookout Rain Date
Check Out Our “Things To Do Page”
Aug. 21 – The Great Eclipse Pulled Pork Luncheon 12pm
“Includes Complimentary Eclipse Shades”

50amp RV $199.00 Per Couple
30amp RV $179.00 Per Couple
20amp RV $159.00 Per Couple
RV Dry Campers $139.00 Per Couple

Tent Campers $139.00 Per Couple
The Loft $339.00 Per Couple
$49. Extra Per Person
Prices + Taxes

Daily Visitors
Aug. 19 – 10am Farm Tour $30 Per Car
Aug. 20 – 5pm Cookout $24 Per Person
Aug. 21 – 12pm Eclipse Lunch $16 Per Person
Eclipse Shades Available
Prices + Taxes

Charlie Kissling
1100 Carter Cove Road
Hayesville, NC 28904

Email: [email protected]
Area attractions:


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Coordinates: 35.0338122, -83.8869725

Call For Your Reservation Today 828-389-8931

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ASAP likes to share stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, in anticipation of the Farm Tour, we’ve spoken with Tom Elmore of Thatchmore Farm. Tom is a farmer who attends the Farm Tour as a visitor each year. Hear why Tom visits other farms, and purchase your pass today to attend the tour yourself on June 25-26!

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Did you have a fun time on the 2014 Farm Tour? Take a look at what the Farm Tour was like from other participants’ perspectives!


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CLICK HERE to learn more about and submit your entry or entries to our 2013 Farm Tour Photo Contest! Entering the contest makes you eligible to win could win Asheville City Market Bucks and a free pass to next year’s Farm Tour! What’s more, winning photos will be used for the 2015 Farm Tour. Deadline to submit is midnight on Wednesday, September 24.

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On September 20 and 21, 37 farms will open their doors to the public for ASAP’s 2014 Farm Tour. Before the tour, ASAP hosts an annual orientation dinner for participating farms to network, share tips and insights, and review tour guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Appalachian Grown

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This month, our programs share an insider’s look back at 2013 and ahead to the new year: The Local Food Campaign talks sticking to their BIG mission.

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