Greetings, ANA members!
The lazy days of summer are here, and vacation time is here.Agritourism
farmers, wineries and vineyards are welcoming summer tourists,
and we hope that many new visitors come to see you this summer.
Kids pose for pictures at Patterson
goes to printer
The first statewide Agritourism directory has gone to the
printer, and will be distributed to state Welcome Centers
in late August. Again, thanks to the many ANA members who
chose to be in the directory and new members who were recruited
to ANA through the directory application.
Agritourism list serve
There is a way for you to communicate with each other via an
email. Sign up at wwwadm.ncmail.net/mailman/listinfo/ncagritourism.
Do not insert a "www" in front of "wwwadm"
- just type it in exactly as you see it here. It has been around
for several years and is designed for folks like yourselves to
ask questions, post announcements, and communicate with the other
members. There are over 150 people who use this list serve.
Agritour-Tips and Agritour-Quest
No one has submitted any tips or quests! Maybe
it's just a busy summer, but keep thinking about what you want
to pass on or questions you want to ask. This may help with planning
the ANA meeting and workshop in January.
Newsletter "Spruce Up"
A big ANA "Thank you!" to Marketing Division staff member
Tatiana Lawing for helping design the new ANA Newsletter!
News for August newsletter
Keep those cards and emails coming about YOUR news!
Corn maze at the Southeastern Ag Center
Martha Glass, Editor
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-1020
News from Members
Marilyn Cade, Mountain Farm,
We held our first-ever lavender festival on June
17. Thanks to advertising and promotion by Handmade in America,
an ANA member, we had an amazing turnout, with over 600 visitors
to the farm. Many other businesses in the valley are excited,
too. Next year we'll have two days, with other crafts people,
maps of other studios to visit, Carolina Hemlocks for family swimming,
food vendors, musicians, and organized parking (a huge problem).
This summer we are also putting in 1200 more lavender plants.
Thank goodness for farm interns! We had workshops in making lavender
wands, cooking with lavender, a massage therapist, walks through
the lavender gardens, and a demonstration of distilling essential
oil from flowers. Lavender plants and all our other products from
the farm were for sale.
There were baby goats to be bottle-fed and the angora goats,
rabbit and the llama got plenty of attention, too. Despite
the numbers all the visitors seemed to have a good time
and we had many express an interest in volunteering next
year. And I plan to take them up on it!
Debbie Roos, Chatham Co.
ChathamArts Potluck in a Pasture has Victorian
Flare - featuring ANA members Britt and Fleming Pfann, Celebrity
Dairy. ChathamArts' next Potluck in a Pasture, Sunday, July 30,
6:00-8:00 pm invites
guests to wear a favorite hat and something white and play croquet
while meeting local artists and savoring delicious homemade dishes,
all in view of the famous Celebrity goats. The beautiful rural
setting is Celebrity Dairy near Siler City, owned by Fleming and
Britt Pfann. The occasion celebrates the importance of Chatham
County's artists and agriculture.
Visitors are asked to bring a potluck dish for eight that includes
at least one locally grown ingredient (and the recipe to share
stating the origins of its local ingredients), as well as a beverage,
a lawn chair or blanket, and a $10 donation to ChathamArts, the
non-profit county arts council that supports diverse arts and
cultural programs throughout the year.
Contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Noah Rannells, Agricultural
Economic Development Coordinator, Orange County, and co-owner
Fickle Creek Farm
Eat In, Act Out Week: July 31 - August 6, 2006
Eat In, Act Out Week is an annual event to encourage communities
to eat locally and think critically about their food choices.
"Eat In" refers to using local food, cooking food yourself
instead of eating fast food or take out, and "Act Out"
means speaking up and taking action to change our food system
and promote local food.
Check it out at http://www.thefoodproject.org/
Lincoln County Extension "Foothills Fresh"
is a new extension program marketing farms, markets and agricultural
tourism sites in Lincoln, Catawba, Cleveland and Gaston counties
that are working to promote local foods, local farms and local
fun.We are having a kick off day on July 29th where 9 of the 30+
farms in Foothills Fresh will be having tours and activities on
site. Foothills Fresh features everything from wine to emus! Two
of our ANA member farms are participating in the tours on July
29th: Lineberger's Kildeer Farm in Cleveland Co., and Apple Orchard
Farm in Gaston Co. Lara Worden, Gaston Co. Extension and ANA member
is also helping organize the event.
Contact Leigh at email@example.com
for more information.
Bill Carson's musicians at the Orchird at Alta