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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2007


Contact: Martha Glass, manager
NCDA&CS Agritourism Program
(919) 733-7887

N.C. Agritourism Networking Association hosting workshops

RALEIGH - Anyone interested in starting an agritourism business or who wants to learn more about the state's growing agritourism industry is welcome to attend any of the four upcoming workshops. The following workshops will be held:

  • April 19, Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Office. Registration deadline is April 18. Call Paul Marshall at (336) 727-5284 or paul_marshall@triad.rr.com
  • April 26, Hill Ridge Farms, Youngsville. Registration deadline is April 24. Call Vicki McKee at (919) 732-8065 or vkmckee@aol.com
  • May 10, Mike's Farm, Beulaville. Registration deadline is May 8. Call Butch Velez at (910) 554-4900 or butchndonna@earthlink.com
  • May 17, Lu Mil Vineyard, Dublin. Registration deadline is May 15. Call Ron Taylor at (910) 866-5819 or tmi@intrstar.net, or Meg Shelton at (910) 253-5964 or herbnflora@atmc.net

Late registrations or walk-ins will be accommodated as space and meals allow.

The workshop programs will cover such topics as defining agritourism opportunities for a farm, hospitality hints and marketing tips, liability issues, agritourism success stories and an update on the agricultural development and farmland preservation trust fund. The program also offers farmers and others a chance to network and learn from one another.

All workshops run from 3:30 -7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes dinner. For more information, contact Martha Glass, manager of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agritourism Office, at (919) 733-7887 or at martha.glass@ncagr.gov.

Registration forms are available at www.ncagr.com/agritourism/home.htm.

Agritourism refers to value-added agricultural activities on a farm, ranch or vineyard that provide entertaining and recreational experiences. For example, some farms offer hayrides, barnyard animal exhibits, pond fishing, pick-your-own opportunities, summer camps, vineyards, special events, unique meeting spaces for business retreats, and more.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047