Agritourism activities can be found across the state. More and more farmers are finding that these types of activities can provide a good revenue stream for their farm operations. For farmers and economic developers interested in learning more about agritourism, the N.C. Agritourism Association will host its annual Agritourism Farm Tour and Conference Feb. 10 & 11 in Asheville.
- A couple of weeks ago I talked about the upcoming 15th Annual Ag Development Forum in Raleigh on Feb. 6. It is not the only event going on in February that farmers may be interested in.
- The N.C. Agritourism Networking Association is hosting the 14th Annual Agritourism Farm Tour and Conference Feb. 10 and 11 in Asheville.
- I have seen more and more agritourism activities and offerings across the state in the past 10 years, as many farmers have embraced the idea of inviting visitors to their farms.
- Each farm is unique in what it offers guests. Some have expanded farmers markets on site, some offer wedding or special event venues, hay rides, corn mazes, special dinners, pick-your-own fields, camping, fishing or hunting experiences … the list could go on and on.
- The upcoming conference gives farmers who may be interested in offering agritourism activities a chance to network with other farmers who are already involved in agritourism.
- The conference will feature tours of several agritourism operations in the Asheville area, including Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, Mountain Fresh Orchards, Mills River Creamery and Dairy, North River Farms and Hickory Nut Gap Farm.
- The program agenda will include a legal update, discussion of agritourism impacts and trends, tips for using and optimizing your social media tools and business website, and agritourism farmer guest speakers.
- For information on registering for the conference, go to www.nc-ana.org.