Sanford’s history in agriculture is as rich as the soil it’s planted in, and the industry still plays a major economic and cultural role in the city—as well as the state of North Carolina—today. Sanford’s farmers are strongly community-oriented, relying largely on direct-to-market sales founded on the farmer and consumer relationship. Throughout Lee County, consumers support local agriculture business through farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture or even a simple roadside stand.
Sanford’s farms are as functional as they are beautiful, and the city supports a thriving agritourism industry. From berry picking to hayrides to getting lost in a corn maze, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Sanford’s wide variety of farms. Whether you’re a farmer, recreational strawberry picker or business entrepreneur, the opportunities to get involved in Sanford’s agriculture industry are endless.
in Lee County provided by agriculture and agribusiness.
is done in Lee, Moore and Richmond counties.
Agriculture contributes $91.9 billion to the state’s economy
Agritourism provides an additional revenue venture for many farmers in Sanford and throughout Lee County, as well as a unique investment opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in the industry. Plenty of resources are available for those involved in or interested in the agritourism industry, such as the North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association. The member driven non-profit organization serves agritourism farmers and professionals throughout North Carolina and surrounding states promoting networking and growth within the industry.
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A love for the land starts early in Sanford, and the city provides a variety of resources for young people and their families to learn more about the agriculture industry while getting their hands dirty (literally). 4-H is a free educational program encouraging youth education and involvement in areas like agriculture, health, science, horticulture and citizenship.
Children and young adults ages 5 to 19 years old can join 4-H and complete hands-on projects that further connect them to their community, teach them important skills in leadership and community care, and prepare them for the future workforce.
The Lee County Farmers Association provides farmers in Sanford and the surrounding area a network to share information and stay informed on current research-based agricultural practices. The non-profit organization hosts a yearly series of educational meetings addressing relevant topics in the agriculture industry and topics of interest for members. Speakers at these seminars include university specialists, area agronomists, and chemical and seed company representatives.
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