Classroom on wheels to feature agritourism

Tennessee farmers and agri-entrepreneurs interested in learning more about agritourism opportunities to implement on their farm are invited to attend a classroom on wheels.

“The opportunity to visit existing agritourism operations, meet the operators and see what they’ve done to make their farm enterprise successful is one of the best ways for farmers to learn how to improve and possibly expand their own businesses,” says Amy Ladd, marketing expert with the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture.

“We have had numerous requests from operators to develop another educational tour, similar to the one the Center hosted last year. Although this tour is only for one day we were able to make it happen thanks to the USDA grant awarded to the Center to fund GROW-10.”

GROW-10 is a two-year educational program to assist farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs in the evaluation, planning and development of value-added enterprises. Ladd coordinates the program for CPA.

The “Focus on Agritourism Educational Tour” will be held November 4, 2009. The tour will start and end in Lawrenceburg at the Lawrence County Extension Office. The half-day tour will make stops at the Tate Farms of Meridianville, Ala., famous for their cotton pickin’ pumpkins, farm weddings and entertainment barn, and at Holiday Acres of Ethridge, Tenn., known for their fall and Christmas splendor.

Because space is limited, early registration is advised. Participation requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis with a limit of two attendees allowed per farm or business operation. There is no cost to participate and lunch will be provided to all attendees. Farmers and agri-entrepreneurs that are currently considering or already involved in agritourism are eligible to participate.

Tour information and registration is available by contacting Ladd at the Center for Profitable Agriculture at 931-486-2777 or by e-mail at [email protected].

The Center for Profitable Agriculture is a partnership of University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. The Center is a department of UT Extension, which offers off-campus education and outreach for the UT Institute of Agriculture. Through UT Extension, the Institute brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.

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