The Johnson County, NC Agribusiness Council toured Lynch Creek on Friday June 6th from 10:30-11:45am. This educational tour started at 8:30am with breakfast at Hatcher’s Bridge Tree Farm located between Kenly and Selma, NC.
Over 50 members arrived at 10:30am by commercial charter bus at Lynch Creek Farm on the second stop of four that encompassed Johnson, Franklin, Nash and Wilson counties. The morning stops were Agribusiness-related and the afternoon stops were Agricultural-related.
Bob Radcliffe led the visiting group to a walking tour of Lynch Creek Farm with stories and commentary along the way.
Bob emphasized the need to have a clear strategy for your property when initiating an Agri-tourism business. It was explained that the 55 acre Lynch Creek Farm was the “backdrop”, and our Log Cabin (see photo) is the “stage” for future Educational Agri-tourism Events such as: meeting and retreat space, weekend lodging and special events; archaeological tours along historic Lynch Creek, Mill sites and Indian lore; antique shows and demonstrations; organic farming and smokehouse techniques; dining, music and art – all construed for discerning clientele.
Other features contributing to the uniqueness that Lynch Creek Farm embodies includes: Farmland Preservation (TRLC), Standards-based Farming (USDA Organic), Partner-to-Conserve (neighboring Organic Hay venture), Organic Grass-fed Beef (Angus-x-Devon), Water (Well, Stream and Spring) and Energy (Solar Hoophouse) Conservation, Forest Stewardship (Pine and Old Growth) and Food Conservation (specialty, Smokehouse Pork Products).
The group departed for lunch at the Franklin County Extension Center in Louisburg, then onto Universal Corporation Leaf Stemmery in Nashville at 1:45pm , then onto Sharp Farms in Sims at 3:50pm, and finally back to Hatcher’s Bridge Tree Farm at 5:05pm.
Lynch Creek Farm was proud to have been chosen as a stop on this Educational Tour. We thank all those involved from Johnson County and welcome their return in the future.