Introducing Sunflowers to Transylvania County

PROJECT LEADER(S): Eric N. Caldwell, County Extension Agent
TYPE OF PROJECT: On-farm Trial
LOCATION: Transylvania County. Blue Ridge Corn Maze, Pisgah Forest, NC. (Taylor and David Mackie)

IMPACT


Agritourism represents an alternative for improving the incomes and potential economic viability of small farms and rural communities. One such venture that has proven successful is the construction of corn mazes. Research is being conducted to improve upon the basic idea of the crop maze by experimenting with other crops and by adding attractive blooming plants to grab the attention of the public. This project demonstrates that sunflowers can be a desirable addition to a corn maze.


METHODS

METHODS

Sunflowers were planted around several utility poles and in several rows adjacent to the Corn Maze.
RESULTS
The sunflowers provided an attractive backdrop to the Corn Maze and several maze visitors took an interest in how they were grown.

CONCLUSION

Sunflowers can be successfully grown in Transylvania County.

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Updated June 2003
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