ASHEBORO (Jan. 10, 2019)
Bringing visitors to the family farm may seem like a huge undertaking, but, with the help of Millstone Creek Orchards LLC owner/operator Beverly Isom Mooney, Randolph Community College is offering its first-ever “Agritourism 101” class.
Mooney and her husband, Nick, have been involved in the operations of the Orchard since her parents, Byrd and Diane Isom, started the Ramseur business in 2004. Family owned and operated, Millstone Creek is an agritourism venue offering u-pick fruits as well as an on-site cannery, cider mill, and bakery. The venue offers tour groups of all ages and hosts seasonal special and community events.
Students will explore what is involved in running an agritourism business. The course will introduce students to agritourism and the range of opportunities for diversifying a working farm by providing enjoyment and education to visitors for profit. Topics include ideas for the farm/land, business planning, risk management, marketing, and more.
The course offers group panel discussions with local agritourism leaders and visits to Randolph County agritourism venues.
There is a free introductory session Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 9-11 a.m. or Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6-8 p.m. in room 103 of the Continuing Education and Industrial Center. The class itself is from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 5-28 in the same location. The cost is $70.55.
For information or to register, call 336-633-0268.