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A late June report from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association found that 77% of growers reliant on agritourism had seen reduced income since the start of COVID-19. But as the pandemic continues, Western North Carolina’s farms are finding safe, creative ways to share the agricultural experience with visitors.
The region’s small farms have been rocked by the coronavirus, but community support and innovative thinking have enabled many local growers to pivot and persist as they work to find a way forward.
For its 25th anniversary Spring Conference, Organic Growers School looks to bring in the wisdom of people of color to talk about race-related issues in farming and the food system.
“Are these entrepreneurs operating within the law? Do they have the required permits, licenses and insurance? Are they collecting sales tax and properly declaring their added income? Are their kitchens inspected?”
“Our recently launched Farm Heritage Trail is an innovative agritourism initiative that includes a year-round scenic farm trail, seasonal farm stops and an ongoing calendar of farm events including farm-to-table dinners, hikes, educational opportunities and more.”
“Our mission is to build sustainable farming communities in our mountain region by providing resources directly to small family farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations.”
As the cost of growing food in Western North Carolina rises, local farmers are feeling the squeeze. Increasingly, many are turning to agritourism to help their enterprises stay afloat.