Tommy Grandy, Agricultural Extension Agent in Currituck County poses with a group of tourists at a roadside produce stand in Currituck County. Grandy organized and led a day-long tour of agritourism sites in Currituck County for interested tourists.
Taylor Williams, Agriculture Extension Agent in Moore County discusses agritourism business practices with Joe Picariello, owner of Crystal Pines Alpaca Farm. Williams has worked with numerous agritourism businesses in the Sandhills region.
Terry Garwood, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent in Surry County discusses viticulture and tourism opportunities with a group of aspiring agritourism enterpreneurs. Surry County Extension has collaboratively supported agritourism endeavors through numerous educational opportunities.
Surry County Extension's Bryan Cave (County Extension Director), Brenda Rose (retired County Extension Director), and Terry Garwood (Agriculture Extension Agent) pose with aspiring agri-tourism enterpreneurs at Rising Meadow Farm. This visit was part of an educational program devised to assist potential entrepreneurs in developing their businesses.
Rob Hawk, Area Specialized Community Development Agent in Haywood County leads fellow Extension agents from the West District in a strategic planning effort to help guide Tourism Extension's goals and objectives. Hawk and other Extension agents in the West have been actively engaged in successful tourism development in Western NC.
Wanda Sykes (Extension District Director), Wayne Batten (Pender County Extension Director), Stan Dixon (Greene County Extension Director) and Howard Scott (Wayne County Extension Director) practice business introductions at the NC Hospitality agent training. The South East District has been a key player in NC's rural tourism development.
NC Cooperative Extension agents from the eastern part of the state pose after completion of agent training for NC Hospitality, a customer service training program. Over 75 NC Cooperative Extension agents across the state are offering this curriculum to service-related businesses in their communities.
Brenda Sutton (Rockingham County Cooperative Extension) presents customer service pointers and discusses the NC Hospitality program at the NC Agritourism Networking Association annual meeting on April 1, 2008. Sutton is an avid promoter of the NC Hospitality program and serves on the program's advisory committee.
Participants from the Birder Friendly Business and Birder Friendly Community trainin program in Wilkes County pose for a photograph. Participants of the training learn about catering to the niche market of bird watchers.
Everett Davis, Robeson County Extension Director receives an award from Martha Glass (NCDA) for bringing the largest number of representatives to the NC Agritourism Networking Association's annual meeting on February 1, 2008. Davis has worked to establish the Robeson Tourism Development Association.