Enterprise mixing means opportunity From pick-your-own strawberries to educational programs for kids, there is something for everyone on the Vollmer Farm in Bunn, N.C.

Along with his wife Betty, his son Russ and daughter-in-law Mary, John Vollmer has transformed his primarily tobacco farm into a diversified mix of fruits, vegetables, farm market, farm tour and petting zoo.

He will be sharing his growing pains and successes first thing on Wednesday morning, Dec. 13, the last day of the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit EXPO and AgTech 2000, in Greensboro, N.C..

Vollmer will spend a few minutes describing his operation. Then he will take questions from fellow farmers who want to learn from someone who has taken a lot of chances. Many of those chances are paying off. But, Vollmer emphasizes that it has taken 20 years to make the transition from tobacco to vegetables. And, he's still adding new enterprises.

Along with lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, collards, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, pumpkins and popcorn, Vollmer is also growing both conventional and organic strawberries.

Look for Vollmer in the Farm Markets Workshop at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.