Purdue News

May 17, 2005

Purdue workshops offer 'how to' on agritourism

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Farmers, rural entrepreneurs and others interested in agritourism business opportunities can attend one of six regional workshops taking place throughout the state this summer.

The daylong workshops are part of a series of programs to highlight business opportunities in Indiana. The workshops will provide an overview of agritourism possibilities and address specific issues related to developing a product and business.

Experts and panelists from Purdue University, Small Business Development Centers and successful agritourism enterprises will share case studies and discuss topics ranging from developing a business plan to choosing insurance policies and dealing with risk mitigation.

"Agritourism provides unique opportunities for farmers and rural communities to expand beyond traditional crops," said Roy Ballard, a Purdue Cooperative Extension Service educator in Floyd County. These workshops will focus on tourism and its connection to the family farm and give real-world advice on how to start, maintain and grow an agritourism operation."

Agritourism can include farm tours, wineries, farmers markets, orchards, tree farms, corn mazes and much more.

The workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are planned from June through September. The first workshop will be Wednesday, June 8, at Huber Orchard and Winery in Starlight. The other workshops are: Tuesday, June 21, at County Line Orchard in Hobart; Monday, July 18, at McClure-Tate Orchard and Apple Dumpling Inn in Peru; Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Freeman Family Farms in Bloomington; Thursday, Aug. 25, at the White Violet Center for Eco Justice in Terre Haute; and Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Ratcliff Tree Farm in New Castle.

The workshops cost $25 each and advance registration is required one week prior to the event by calling Four Rivers RC&D at (812) 354-6808, Ext. 5. Similar topics are discussed at each workshop, but the speakers may vary. Contact Four Rivers RC&D at rivers4@sigecom.net for more information.

The agritourism workshops were made possible through a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program grant and through contributions from Purdue Extension, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana League of Resource Conservation and Development Councils Inc. and Indiana Cooperative Development Center.

Writer: Kay Hagen, (765) 494-6682, kjh@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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Source: Roy Ballard, (812) 948-5470, rballard@purdue.edu

 

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