The North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association is hosting its 10th annual agritourism conference January 14-15 in Winston-Salem. The conference is aimed at farmers looking to host everything from hayrides to wine tastings to weddings. From the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Cultivating the next generation of North Carolina farmers is crucial to agriculture vibrancy in our state. Agritourism farms support economic stability in rural areas, contribute to environmental sustainability, promote and protect local food systems, and provide visitors with unique ways to learn about North Carolina farms.
Agritourism creates many new opportunities for farmers to strengthen the family farm and its connection to the public all while preserving the beautiful rural landscape of North Carolina.
The NC-ANA will take participants on a bus tour Thursday, visiting five farms in the Greensboro area that have successfully incorporated agritourism into their business models. Workshops on Friday will examine logistics of agritourism, from liability insurance to social media.
You can read more or register online here.