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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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This workshop is being organized by Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent- Food Safety- Fresh Produce Western NC, Craig Mauney, Area Specialized Agent – Commercial Vegetables and Fruit, Karen Blaedow, Extension Agent- Vegetables and Small Fruit for Henderson County and Pam Jones, Area Agent Agriculture- Horticulture for Davie and Yadkin Counties.


  1. What kind of food safety audit do you need?
  2. Overview of USDA GAP GHP Audit, USDA Harmonized GAP and USDA Harmonized GAP Plus Audit.
  3. New guidelines for Harmonized GAP, changes to the Harmonized GAP Audit from 2017.
  4. Overview of sections for the USDA Harmonized GAP Audit for 2018
  • General questions
  • Field operations and harvesting
  • Post-Harvest Operation

    5. What do you need to do to comply with FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule in 2018?

If you have questions about the content of the workshops please contact Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent- Western NC at or (828)352-2519.


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Growing Your Agritourism Venture
Monday, May 8, 9 am-4 pm
Ivy Creek Family Farm, 390 North Fork Rd., Barnardsville, NC
Registration cost: $20 per person or $30 for two farm partners.  Includes breakfast and lunch.

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!

Workshop Agenda

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 (Mountain BizWorks)
11:00-12:00 Challenges for Agritourism
Legal questions to consider (Bill Durr – Ward & Smith P.A.)
Thinking through insurance (Tracey Cotton – Marrow Insurance)
12:00-1:00 Lunch and networking
Resource tables: FSA, MBW, ASAP, Ward & Smith P.A., Marrow Insurance
1:00-2:00 Considerations for scaling up and assessing expansion
Record keeping/business planning (Mountain BizWorks)
Accessing credit and thinking holistically
Managing risk on both sides of scale (FSA)
Loan options
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, members of Mountain BizWorks and FSA, 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.

Register online today or contact ASAP for more information at 828-236-1282 or If you can only attend for a portion of the workshop, we still encourage you to attend!

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Stepp's Plants

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. Our development department has the opportunity to hear about ASAP’s impact first-hand from farmers. This week, they share Larry Stepp’s encouraging story to show that we can transform our food system with your support.

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