Polk County Agricultural Economic Development Resources
Here are helpful links to guide your agriculture business to support available from a variety of organizations.  

Polk County Farms:  Your local, boots-on-the-ground resource managed by the Polk County Agricultural Economic Development office.  djordan@polknc.org. 828-894-2281  www.polkcountyfarms.org  Facebook: Polk County Farms.

Polk County Cooperative Extension: online resources available. Staff will respond to phone calls and emails. https://polk.ces.ncsu.edu/

Notice to Fill Out for Essential Food and Agriculture Workers: Letter and form from NC Commissioner of Agriculture.  Review document.  Print page 3 and fill out for your essential workers in the Food and Agriculture industries.  View PDF Form.

US Department of Agriculture:
  www.USDA.gov

NC Department of Agriculture:  http://www.ncagr.gov/

Organic Growers School: A local educational and resource 501©3 organization dedicated to serving growers in the Southern Appalachians.  They are currently offering a tremendous list of resources during this current situation. https://organicgrowersschool.org/resources/covid-19-resources/

Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project:  Local resources for farmers and consumers in WNC. ASAP is keeping up to date on evolving situations for growers and consumers in our area.https://asapconnections.org/

NC Agritourism Networking Association: http://www.nc-ana.org/  Also, their Facebook group offers support for Agritourism outlets

Mountain Bizworks: Offers small business loans, max 50K, 6 months interest free.  https://www.mountainbizworks.org/small-business-loans-financing-sba/nc-covid-19-rapid-re-loan/

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture:  A great resource for technical information applicable to home and market growers. They are offering all publications for free (normally available only by membership).   https://www.attra.ncat.org/

Mother Earth Food:  An Asheville-based locally sourcing, home delivery service. Mother Earth Food is seeking to connect with producers able to provide quality product to a growing customer base.  https://motherearthfood.com/