Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-1218

Date: 11-14-06

For immediate release.


Haywood Community College will host a workshop by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project for farmers interested in boosting the profitability of their farms by selling goods, services, and experiences to the traveling public. The workshop, entitled, "The Business of Farm Tourism: Will it Work for Me?", will be held in the Lower Level of Student Services on the HCC campus on Tuesday, December 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Topics of discussion will include: understanding tourism in the Appalachians, assessing your farm's capacity for adding value, liability and risk management, what works from the farmer's point of view, and financial business planning for a new enterprise.

Speakers will include Evin Evans of Split Creek Farm; Carole Summers of Handmade in America; Blake Brown and Rob Hawk of NCSU Cooperative Extension; and Peter Marks of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Cost of the workshop is $10 including lunch. Registration forms are available online at www.asapconnections.org or by calling (828) 236-1282.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to sustaining farms and rural communities throughout Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian mountains.

The workshop is funded by the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center, with support from the Farm Prosperity Project, Southern SAWG, Handmade in America, the Small Business Center at HCC, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension.