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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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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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*New date* Experience a one-day conference developed specifically with food, beverage and agriculture based businesses in mind. Keeping pace with the agribusiness industry and the issues impacting growth and sustainability is a full-time job. Join us and reflect on how to make your existing agribusiness or idea stronger and deepen your understanding of what it takes to be successful for the long term.  See a list of workshops at

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The 4th Annual Appalachian Farm School is pleased to offer a single, eight-week agribusiness training for farmers – bringing all your resources together in one place! Learn from regional experts, meet other WNC farmer, and connect with state agency representatives. Turn your interest in growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, other crops, and livestock into a sustainable agriculture-based business. This practical hands-on approach gives you the skills needed to create and strengthen a successful business venture. You will also be introduced to resources and contacts you need to run your business more efficiently and effectively.

Dates: Tuesdays, 6-9 pm, January 8-February 26 

Co-Sponsor(s): NC Cooperative Extension, NCDA

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Join ASAP and other regional farmers at Ivy Creek Family Farm for a half-day workshop on best practices and marketing strategies for growing or establishing your agritourism ventures. Learn about consumer trends and hear how other farms are using marketing and storytelling to turn visitors into farm friends. Gain tools and strategies to safely and effectively engage visitors on your farm through hands-on activities and a farm tour led by an experienced agritourism farmer. The workshop will end with a networking lunch.

May 22, 9am-1pm
Ivy Creek Family Farm, 390 North Fork Rd., Barnardsville NC
Cost is $20 per person or $30 for two farm partners; lunch included

REGISTER ONLINE or call our office at 828-236-1282 to register over the phone.

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