FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2007
||Martha Glass, manager
NCDA&CS Agritourism Program
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 email@example.com
- April 26, Hill Ridge Farms, Youngsville. Registration deadline is April 24. Call Vicki McKee at (919) 732-8065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- May 10, Mike's Farm, Beulaville. Registration deadline is May 8. Call Butch Velez at (910) 554-4900 or email@example.com
- May 17, Lu Mil Vineyard, Dublin. Registration deadline is May 15. Call Ron Taylor at (910) 866-5819 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Meg Shelton at (910) 253-5964 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.