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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011

CONTACT: Martha Glass, manager
NCDA&CS Agritourism Office
(919) 707-3120

Three Agritourism Networking Association workshops
planned for Eastern North Carolina

RALEIGH -- The Agritourism Networking Association will host three workshops in March and April focused 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.

Following are dates and locations for the workshops:

  • March 23 -- Country Squire Winery and Restaurant in Warsaw
  • March 31 -- Vineyards on the Scuppernong in Columbia
  • April 14 -- Vineyards at Southpoint in Durham

“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.”

The workshops will focus on topics such as marketing and hospitality tips to bring in and keep customers, estate planning and insurance needs, and working with elected officials. Participants will also have an opportunity to network and share ideas with other agribusiness owners.

Workshops start at 3 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes workshop materials, tours and dinner.

For more information, contact Martha Glass, manager of the Agritourism Office at (919) 707-3120 or e-mail at martha.glass@ncagr.gov.

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