ANA President Tami Thompson introduces newly-elected officers & district representativesL - R: Bob Sykes, Vice President; Alma Galloway, SE District; Brianne McAlister, North Central District; Rita Stepp, West Central District; & Debbie Perry, West Central District.
ANA Members convene in LobbyANA members gather in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza before the "School on Wheels" farm tour Thursday, January 15, 2015
Tami Thompson-ANA PresidentTami Thompson, owner of Lazy O Farm in Smithfield, NC chats before the farm tours.
Susan Proctor, owner of sheep farm Windy Wool WindingsSusan talks about the different kinds of sheep she raises and the differences in their wool in her gift shop in Vale, NC.
Pat Roberts- Birdbrain Ostrich Ranch near Lake Norman
Annie Baggett, Agritourism Marketing Specialist in the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services' Marketing DivisionAnnie presented great ideas for ANA member farms to use to help their farms attract more visitors.
A mama ostrich surveys the ANA group.
A close encounter of the ANA kindANA member Carlos Rivero and his daughter get a close-up view of a baby ostrich.
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“The ANA will serve as a statewide proactive advocate for agritourism farmers and as a liaison between and among state-level organizations, field organizations, nonprofits and rural landowners to support and facilitate agritourism.”
NC ANA Goals
ANA will enable agritourism farmers to share best practices, network with peers, discuss and find answers to challenges, celebrate successes, and advocate for needed resources. The organization will work to find solutions to achieve the following goals listed in priority order by the initial task force: Easily accessible and affordable liability insurance; consistent zoning and planning regulations; marketing support and resources; highway and site signage; safety; funds for costs of startup; and partnering with other rural arts activities.