Visit to Eastern
in Painter, VA
IMPACT: Funds awarded to Pasquotank County in 2004 have been used to
organize trips to Eastern Shore Virginia Experiment Station in Painter, VA, performing
research on potatoes, tomatoes, snap beans, eggplants, peppers and cucumbers. A
field Day held there June 28 highlighted research very relevant to growers in northeastern
due to similar topography and growing climate. After these small tours, a
series of meetings was held in January and February 2005 getting input from
attendees as to more places they wished to visit. Ultimately, 26 people attended these
meetings, some of them children of families interested in new enterprises such
as specialty melons, berries, tree fruits, and cut flowers.
SUMMARY: Enroute visits
were made to two roadside stands buying many items wholesale and reselling them
retail and one nursery raising trees and shrubs for wholesale sale.
A Fall Folklife
festival in Chesapeake Virginia was also visited where vendors
represented growers of vegetables, pick-your-own blueberries, strawberries,
sweet corn, and a number of animals. In
addition, others hold school tours and other agri-tourism events at their
Ideas were compiled
and plans are being made to visit a retired couple in southern Currituck County who sell bramble berries, fancy
vegetables, and cut flowers to restaurant owners on the Outer Banks barrier
Another trip is anticipated to visit Chatham County and the Carrboro Farmers Market
after it opens in March.
The grant has been
a great incentive to help motivate audiences to get out of their shells and
explore new ideas.