Happy Acres Farm is holding a small outreach event on October 21, 2015. James Matthews is a small farmer in Halifax County who specializes in blueberries and orchard fruits. He wants to establish his farm as an agritourism destination by providing an educational, hands-on experience for all ages. He envisions a farm where he can make sales of fresh produce and provide entertainment like hayrides and farm tours. His grant-funded project is to construct an educational building, a picnic area, four new orchard areas that can will serve as u-pick areas, and a small country store. His project will fill a void for agritourism activities in his region and provide necessary educational opportunities about agriculture for children in the area.
Thanks to a grant from the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund, James is looking forward to completing this ambitious project soon. The grant program is supported by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.