Agritourism offers farmers the opportunity to bring the public onto their farms and tell the story of their products. At the same time, it can be a powerful, untapped revenue stream, but there are many barriers to success that can be difficult to overcome. The Land Connection will host an intensive workshop on agritourism from August 1 to August 2 at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign, Illinois, which was named an Illinois Agriculture Agri-Tourism Leader for 2013.
All of the information presented in the workshop can be adapted by a farmer anywhere in the United States to expand their agritourism horizons, and the workshop highlights the strengths of agritourism in Illinois in particular. Attendees will explore the details of running agritourism operations by:
- Learning from agritourism experts and The Land Connection staff about the potential opportunities for growth in the industry
- Walking through the risks and mitigation strategies of successful agritourism businesses with a farm law expert
- Observing the potential of an on-farm commercial kitchen and processing facility through both presentation and delicious meals provided by the farm’s chef
- Going on tours of successful farms in the “Land of Lincoln” that will cover topics from start-up and capital access to pricing, regulation, infrastructure and personnel management
The cost of the Agritourism Intensive Workshop is $175.00 through July 8, and increases to $200.00 until the close of registration on July 27. The cost includes all meals, tastings, and the bus tour. Scholarships are available. To inquire about scholarships, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org before registering.
One-day options: You may also choose to attend just one of the days of the workshop, which are available for $100 each.
A block of 15 rooms has been reserved under The Land Connection at the Country Inn in Champaign from July 31 - August 2 at a rate of $80.00/night.
602 W Marketview Dr, Champaign, IL 61822
For reservation follow this link http://www.countryinns.com/landconnection or call: (217) 355-6666
Directions to Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery
Please follow this link to their website.