About HomegrownHandmade, North Carolina Art Roads & Farm Trails
HomegrownHandmade brings together the artists, farmers and creative entrepreneurs rooted in North Carolina's rural countryside. Self-directed driving tours across the state put visitors in touch with hands-on farm experiences, u-pick organic produce, art galleries, artists' studios, live music, handcrafts, vineyards and wineries, historic sites and picturesque bed-and-breakfasts.
HomegrownHandmade grew out of a grant awarded by the Golden LEAF Foundation to the North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina Cooperative Extension and HandMade in America for a project to stimulate statewide sustainable tourism and to showcase the state's rural riches.
Who we are
The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, works to make North Carolina a better state through the arts by building vibrant communities, creating opportunities for citizens to be more creative and productive, and ensuring that the state's culture remains strong and vital. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger, and North Carolinians young and old who enjoy and participate in the arts. The Arts Council hosts additional trails highlighting Blue Ridge and Cherokee heritage, crafts, performing arts, Literary Tails of the North Carolina Mountains and more!
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational partnership helping people put research-based knowledge to work for economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and an improved quality of life. An agency of NC State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina Cooperative Extension grew out of collaboration among county, state, and federal governments to provide all citizens with access to the wealth of knowledge generated by public universities.
HandMade in America is a non-profit organization promoting craft and culture for community and economic development in western North Carolina. It has sparked initiatives and creative collaborations in education, small town revitalization and community development, economic development, environmentally sustainable strategies and enhanced opportunities for makers of the handmade object, heritage tourism, and incorporating crafts into building design and furnishing.
Golden LEAF (Long-term Economic Advancement Foundation) promotes the social welfare of North Carolina's citizens and receives and distributes funds for economic impact assistance to economically affected or tobacco-dependent regions of the state. Its annual grantsmaking focuses on agriculture, job creation and retention, and workforce preparedness. It also funds projects that provide education and other opportunities to support and develop economic growth in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities.