As members of the N.C. Agritourism Networking Association prepare to meet Feb. 17 & 18 for their annual winter conference, some have reported experiencing growth in the past year in the number of visitors to their operations.
A poll of the 240-plus ANA members who operate an agritourism farm or vineyeard also point to an increase in farm income from agritourism activities in 2010.
Poll responses came from across the state, with the largest number coming from the Piedmont area where the bulk of agritourism operations are located.
“We know more people stayed close to home for vacations, and I think that has provided a boost to agritourism operations across the state. Plus these types of agribusinesses are starting to become more well known,” said Martha Glass, manager of the NCDA&CS Agritourism Office. “Agritourism activities provide a different type of getaway that is appealing to folks looking for something fun to do.
“I appreciate our agritourism providers being willing to share some of their success stories through the poll,” Glass added.
Members of the ANA and others interested in agritourism will hear more success stories as part of the two-day “Taking Local Beyond the Farm” workshop. In addition to workshops and an an optional farm tour, participants will have the opportunity to network and share ideas.
There is still time to register, by going to the Agritourism webpage or by calling Glass at (919) 707-3120. Registration is $100.