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NCDARALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that 29 agritourism farms will receive funding for marketing projects.

The Agritourism Marketing Cost Share program is administered by the department’s agritourism office with funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

“I’m pleased that we are able to award a total of $50,000 in cost-share funding to agritourism farms across the state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “For many agritourism operations, this funding can provide the help they need to boost their marketing efforts and increase the number of visitors to their farms.”

In its first year, the cost-share program received 77 applications requesting a total of $409,050. After a thorough review of applications, 29 farms were selected to receive grants for projects ranging from directional signage and marketing brochures to website development and branding. Individual grants ranged from $360 to $6,000.

The following farms received grants:

High Country Ginseng, Boone

C.V. Pilson Farm, Cameron

Flint Rock Farm, Cameron

Windy Hill Farm, Cedar Grove

Raised In A Barn Farm, Chocowinity

Hubb’s Corn Maze, Clinton

Yadkin Valley Farms, East Bend

Minka Farm, Efland

Sanderson Farm, Four Oaks

Poplar Creek Farm, Green Mountain

Hickory Creek Farm, Greensboro

Brothers On Farms, Hayesville

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, Hendersonville

Wise Acres Organic Farm, Indian Trail

Good Karma Ranch, Iron Station

Addison Vineyard Farms, Leicester

English Farmstead Cheese, Marion

Renfrow Farms, Matthews

Granville Corn Maze, Oxford

Wehrloom Honey, Robbinsville

Briar Creek Nursery, Rocky Mount

Bradley Farms, Saluda

Creekside Farm, Selma

Huckleberry Trail Farm, Siler City

Celebrity Dairy LLC, Siler City

The Farmers’ Daughter, Taylorsville

Medlin Family Farm, Wake Forest

Yellow Wolf Farm, Walkertown

Cold Mountain Corn Maze, Waynesville

North Carolina is home to more than 700 agritourism farms, making it one of the nation’s top states for agritourism. Operations vary from pick-your-own strawberries and choose-and-cut Christmas trees to weekend wedding venues and monthlong farm stays. For more information on agritourism farms in the state, go to www.visitncfarms.com.