Saturday, February 1st


We are excited to present a new approach to our Touring Day in order to learn from the local plantation community in Charleston, SC. You can expect to be inspired by their unique landscapes and tourism offerings while getting educated on how they manage and market their businesses with regards to production, retail, crowd management, and event planning.

Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

Boone Hall is one of America's oldest working, living plantations and is recognized as a must-see stop on any trip to Charleston.   The entrance down the Avenue of Oaks brings visitors to their lush gardens, which bloom year round.   In partnership with local historical interpreters, Boone Hall presents the local Gullah culture in a live presentation of the Lowcountry slave history.  NAFDMA attendees will also have a farm tour of their 738 acre working farm, showcasing their work with school groups, u-pick operation, and retail store.



The Charleston Tea Plantation

Visit the only tea plantation in North America!  Growing for the Bigelow brand, the Charleston Tea Plantation is located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the lowcountry.  In addition to their acres upon acres of tea plants, they also offer an educational tour of their tea factory, including a walk along the entire length of the tea production building where you can see all the equipment it takes to make tea.  Screens in the gallery describe the entire process.  This stop will also include a gourmet dessert reception, courtesy of Explore Charleston, with tea from the plantation to sample.



Middleton Place

Welcome to Middleton Place - including 110 vibrant acres of working stableyards, Organic Farm, and some of America’s oldest landscaped gardens – as well as a House Museum, heritage breed animals, artisans, a Restaurant and Inn – all waiting to be explored.  Middleton Place focuses on a variety of themes including animal husbandry and agriculture, plantation life, botany, rice culture, the American Revolution, slavery in the U.S. and the Civil War.



They host school groups, homeschool events, and scout groups for education as well as catering to year-round tourists in Charleston.  The Middleton Place Restaurant offers traditional Low Country favorites, with the on-site organic farm and gardens provideing a substantial amount of the produce served.


Stono Market

Stono Market is a real farmer's market near Charleston, SC, that carries the organically grown produce that they grow on their own farm as well as a full line of other fruits and veggies year 'round. They have a country/garden gift shop and their Tomato Shed lunch café offering a unique, quaint, and friendly experience.


On their farm, Ambrose Family Farm on Wadmalaw Island, they grow strawberries, tomatoes, butter beans, okra, sweet corn, peas, squash, zucchini, onions, collards, potatoes, melons, bedding plants...and they do it naturally and as organically as practical. They field pack their produce to reduce damage from handling and harvest costs. They deliver the harvest to their Stono Market and local fresh fruit and vegetable vendors daily, and they also offer a CSA program.



Reception Dinner at Patriots Point

At the end of the Plantation Tour day, we will all come together aboard The USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point for a closing dinner to network and inspire each other with our takeaways from the day.


Patriots Point

Since opening, Patriots Point has become one of the state's most popular tourist attractions with more than 300,000 visitors each year. The USS Yorktown boasts one of the largest education and overnight camping programs in the nation, with more than 40,000 school age children attending these programs each year.

With thanks to our 2020 sponsors

North American Farmer's Direct Marketing Association

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