In April 2009, a multi-state agritourism workshop entitled "The Business Side of Agritourism" was held near Asheville, NC.
Ed Emory (Duplin County Extension Director, retired), Samantha Rozier Rich (Tourism Extension), and Martha Glass (Manager, NCDA Agritourism Office) work to set up refreshments for the welcome reception at Hickory Nut Gap Farm.
Ed Emory (Duplin County Extension Director, retired) and Brenda Sutton (Rockingham County Extension Director) prepare a delicious spread of local foods for the evening's reception.
A delicious spread of local fruits, cheeses, meats, and baked goods welcome the workshop participants.
Workshop participants enjoying the welcome reception at Hickory Nut Gap Farm.
Workshop participants enjoy the opportunity to network and socialize at the opening reception at Hickory Nut Gap Farm.
Jeff Owen (Area Extension Forestry Specialist and co-owner of Spinning Spider Creamery) sets up a delicious sampling from his farm.
Stonefield Cellars graciously provided wine samples for all interested workshop participants.
Green Creek Winery graciously provided wine samples for all interested workshop participants.
The "Discover North Carolina Farms" map and the "Discover North Carolina Wines" map were provided to all workshop participants. These two maps highlight some of the many diverse and unique agritourism opportunities in NC.
Martha Glass (Manager of the NCDA Agritourism Office) and Robert Hawk (Area Specialized Agent, Community Development and Natural Resources) discuss the new "Discover North Carolina Farms" agritourism map.
Russ Vollmer of Vollmer Farm discusses unique marketing strategies incorporated on their farm.
Every year, Vollmer Farm creates shirts for all of their employees. In 2009, their shirts stated, "Who's Your Farmer?" This phrase coincides with Vollmer Farm's strong desire to connect people with farms and to highlight were fresh local food comes from.
Workshop participants from four states gather near Asheville, NC for the Business Side of Agritourism Workshop.
Workshop participants network and share stories during the workshop.