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Visit NC Farms

Our county boasts some of the most diversified farmland in the region. We are home to a multitude of diversified small family farms, vineyards & wineries, roadside stands, farmers’ markets, and CSAs, nurseries and gardens, and eating and drinking establishments that source local ingredients. We have a rich agricultural heritage that speaks to generational farmers as well as those who are new to the agricultural sector, which further strengthens our offerings to our communities.

Many day-trippers are looking to connect with farms and local food, but they need to know about the places they can visit and how to get there. We are conveniently located near a few distinct city centers and are therefore able to capitalize on visitors from nearby who would like to take a break from city life for a weekend stay, day trips with the family, and even full weeks of vacation.

That’s why McDowell, Rutherford, and Polk Counties are partnering with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to launch Visit NC Farms, a marketing and promotion program geared toward helping agritourism operations capture additional paying guests. Described in the attached brochure, Visit NC Farms uses a location-based phone app and a website to help travelers find unique and interesting places to visit. Participants also receive attractive promotional materials to help advertise their farm or business as a destination that caters to guests.

Thanks to a grant contribution we will be able to fund this venture free of charge to farm assets. If you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, please take a few minutes to complete our online google form here: Your answers give us the basic information we need to add your farm or venue to the app. After you’ve been listed, we will follow up with you for feature photos or other information to help us promote your business.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is pleased to be leading and coordinating this agricultural economic development project, and we hope that you will consider taking advantage of Visit NC Farms.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give me a call, 828-652-8104

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