Virginia schedules three agritourism workshops

If you have considered adding excitement to your farm, tourists to your fields and, hopefully, more money to your bottom line by incorporating agritourism into your farming operation, there is a free workshop you should attend.

Presented by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Agritourism: It’s More Than a Farm Tour will give you both a broad overview of agritourism possibilities as well as the need-to-know details from experts and experienced veterans.

Whether you’re interested in a corn maze, pick-your-own blackberries, a pumpkin patch or an enterprise of your own design, this workshop will help with agritourism basics and more.

After a welcome by Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler, Martha Glass, manager of the North Carolina Agritourism Office, will present “Agritourism: You Don’t Have to Be Disneyland.” Representatives from Royal Oak Peanuts, Rosemont Vineyards and Owens Farm Tours will offer a panel discussion on how they achieved success with their various forms of agritourism.

Experts from the Virginia Farm Bureau will explore “Liability Issues for the Producer,” and the workshop will conclude with Patty Leonard of Cows ’n Corn Farm who will explain how “If We Can Do It, You Can Do It!”

You will have three opportunities to attend the workshop:

• Tuesday, March 13 — 1:00-4:30 p.m. — Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development Center, Keysville, Va.

• Wednesday, March 14 — 8:30 a.m.-12 noon — Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development Center, Alberta, Va.

• Thursday, March 15 — 8:30 a.m.-12 noon — Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center, Franklin, Va..

The workshop is free but you must register by March 9, 2007. To register, contact Pam Patterson by phone at 434.766.6761, via e-mail at [email protected], or by mail at Virginia Cooperative Extension, Central District, 150B Slayton Avenue, Danville, Va. 24540.

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