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On June 17, 2010, Tourism Extension participated in the Robeson County Roots, Shoots, and Blooms Tour a day long Agritourism Tour of Robeson County hosted by Robeson County CES. During the tour, we visited: Geraldine’s Peaches and Produce Roadside Market, Stephens Winery, Uncle Jeff’s Honor System, RWL Farms, Floyd Farms, and Marietta Gardens.
Working with NCSU DELTA to flim video of nature-based tourism (including the NC Birding Trail) at Historic Yates Mill Park in Raleigh, NC (June 2010)
Trip to Ottawa Farms (Bloomingdale, GA) during an Agritourism Symposium in Savannah, GA
On January 4, 2010, Robeson County Cooperative Extension welcomed the arrival of the state’s first tourism development agent, Mande Swisher. The addition of this new position reflects the hard work and sustained commitment to pursue tourism as a tool for economic development by Robeson County’s former Extension Director, Mr. Everett Davis, Robeson County Manager, Mr. Ken Windley, the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, and the Robeson Tourism Development Association.
On April 27 - 29 The Business Side of Agritourism Workshop was held in Fletcher, NC. The workshop was sponsored by the University of Georgia's Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service. Funding for this workshop was provided by a Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant. The principle investigators were Kent Wolfe, Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and Gary Bullen, North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service. Over 60 extension agents and other professionals engaged in agritourism endeavors attended the workshop. Participating states included North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Across the state, NC Cooperative Extension is engaged in tourism-related projects to boost economic and community development efforts. Cooperative Extension Agents are actively engaged with landowners, small business owners, communities and organizations to help develop and promote tourism endeavors. Check out NC Cooperative Extension in Action!
The Robeson Tourism Developmen Association meets regularly to discuss ways to develop and promote tourism opportunities in Robeson County, NC. The association is comprised of community leaders representing all aspects and communities within the county. Robeson County Cooperative Extension has played a key leadership role in the association.
The National Association of County Agriculture Agents held its annual meeting in NC. As part of the conference, participants were taken on a Sandhills agritourism tour. The tour was organized and hosted in part by Taylor Williams, agriculture agent in Moore County. (July 2008)
NC Hospitality is a customer service training program designed for front-line employees and small business owners. The program was developed and is delivered by NC Cooperative Extension.