The Southeastern Agritourism Association hosted the 2011 Fall Agri-tourism Tour in Johnston County on October 19th.  The group of 30 members were hosted by Amie Newsome, NC Cooperative Extension Agent in Johnston County.

The day included a visit to Lazy O Farm, where owner Tami Thompson gave the group a tour and explained the educational events she hosts year-round on her family farm.  Following this first stop the group traveled to Gregory Winery for wine-tastings and presentations by the four wineries on the Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail, and the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.  Each winery spoke on the history of their farm and winery, what events and festivals they host, and the benefits of the newly formed wine trail.

Following the lunch, which was provided by Enoch Winery, the group visited Smith's Nursery and Boyette Farm, home to the Clayton Fear Farm and Lights on the Neuse events.

The Johnston County Visitors Bureau has supported and actively pursued development of Agri-tourism Venues in the county to help preserve our heritage and sustain family farms by finding new revenue sources like corn mazes, special events, and now wineries.  Boyette Farms most likely will become the fourth winery in the county to open for business in the next 12 months.

For more information on agri-tourism venues in Johnston County, visit our website links.