New River Corn Maze & Dark Mountain Choose & Cut
Grant Award: $6,000
David is converting five acres of hay land into a corn maze and one acre into a pick-your-own pumpkin and ornamental gourds patch. He is also transitioning a wholesale Christmas tree operation into Choose-and-Cut. The farm location, one mile off of Highway 421 and adjacent to the New River, is ideal for agri-tourism.
David will market his farm through two websites, brochures, signs, newspaper advertisements, the Chamber of Commerce and programs such as “Goodness Grows.” The Choose and Cut operation will offset losses due to the dramatic decrease in wholesale prices. David uses sustainable and IPM practices on his trees and Best Management Practices to reduce soil erosion.