Growth Initiative

Food & Farming

Local Food & Farming Initiatives

Join a network of Western North Carolina farmers working together to identify successful business models in the local food economy. The Appalachian Grown Farm Business Initiative brings together farmers from all over Western North Carolina to learn from each other on topics specific to farm enterprises such as: diversify market shares, financial management, supply chain management, record keeping, and more!

What we offer in Food & Farming

Industry specific classes, workshops events, and other resources to help you succeed in your sector.


One-on-one business coaching

Farmers in the program have access to one-on-one business coaching.

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Get a farm-specific small business loan

We’ve built programs for lending specifically to those of you in the local food and farming business.

Get Funding


Business of Farming Series

Yes! We’ve designed a series of workshops specifically focused on building community and connections in the local farming industry.



Upcoming events

Food Manufacturing for Farmers  In-Person

WNC FoodWorks Asheville

About this workshop: A farmer-to-farmer workshop and roundtable on creating value-added products from your produce, and making the most of the equipment and resources available to grow your business and extend


Local Food & Farming Initiatives is a Growth Initiative* of Mountain Bizworks.

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*Growth initiatives are special learning opportunities geared toward specific local industries—facilitated by Mountain BizWorks to initiate growth in our local economy and community. Learn more about us here.