Farmer Outreach Event (Roanoke Rapids, NC)

October 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Happy Acres Farm -- 210 Wright Rd, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
210 Wright Rd
Littleton, NC 27850
Jean Willoughby
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.

About Jean Willoughby

Jean Willoughby currently serves as RAFI's Communications Manager and Project Director, overseeing our grant program for entrepreneurial and innovative farmers, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. She created the Growing Innovation website as an online library to document the Fund's nearly 20-year history of awarding grants to 600+ food and farm businesses.