Agritourism workshops planned for April and May
A series of upcoming Agritourism Networking Association workshops across the state will focus on how to start or continue a successful agritourism operation. The workshops are designed for current agritourism entrepreneurs and those who may be interested in starting an agritourism business.
“People want to have a better understanding and a closer connection to the source of their food,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Agritourism ventures help people connect to educational, unique and entertaining farming experiences, and we continue to see a growing interest in these types of farms.”
Following are dates for the workshops:
- April 8 – Maple View Farm and Agricultural Center in Hillsborough (Orange)
- April 15 – Flint Hill Vineyards in East Bend (Yadkin)
- April 22 – Giardini Trattoria & Gardens in Columbus (Polk)
- April 29 – Banner Elk Winery in Banner Elk (Avery)
- May 6 – Mike’s Farm in Richlands (Onslow)
The workshops will focus on topics such as liability insurance, zoning, risk management, marketing and hospitality tips to bring in and keep customers, and working with elected officials. Participants will also have an opportunity to network and share ideas with other agribusiness owners.
All workshops start at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $20 to $25 and includes workshop materials and dinner.
For more information, go to www.ncagr.gov/agritourism/ or contact Martha Glass, manager of the Agritourism Office at (919) 733-7887, ext. 276 or e-mail at Martha.Glass@ncagr.gov.