The sky is the limit when it comes to on-farm events, and there are exciting models throughout Vermont. Browse the resources below to get ideas, and if you have an idea you’d like to add to the list, let us know!
On Farm Classes and Workshops
Snapshot: Grand View Farm Workshop July
Snapshot: Flack Family Farm Kimchi Workshop August 2013
Snapshot: Green Mountain Girls Chevre August 2013
Agritourism enterprises offer farmers opportunities to diversify and increase their income. Opening the farm to these new opportunities, however, also introduces new risks and legal obligations that should not be ignored. It is important that the safety risks be identified and properly managed in order to minimize the potential for injuries, illnesses and resulting financial losses. – Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Agritourism Onsite Safety Guide
View the Agritourism Onsite Safety Guide from the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association
Farm Safety Checklist from Vermont Food Education Every Day (see page of their downloadable guide)
Farm Building Safety Checklist from UVM Extension
Food Safety and Good Agricultural Practices Resources from UVM Extenstion
Farm Animals and Public Health from the Vermont Department of Health
Your Farm’s First Aid Kit from Vermont Food Education Every Day (see page x of their downloadable guide)
Parking, Walkways, Lighting, Biosecurity, Medical Emergencies and more in Louisiana State University Ag Center’s Best Management Practices Manual
Risk Assessment and Management and Safety Concerns from the University of Tennessee Extension
Insurers who have worked with agritourism operations in Vermont:
Tom Pyle, Durkee Insurance, Fair Haven
Roy Folsom, Nationwide Agribusiness
Liberty Hill Farm
There are several tools to help you evaluate your farm’s assets when it comes to hosting visitors. Use these resources to consider personal characteristics and skills, target markets, market potential, land and property resources and characteristics, individual and family goals, time and labor considerations, and ﬁnancial needs and resources.
Get a glimpse of Vermont Grand View Farm, where the Goodling Family hosts guests at their bed & breakfast, custom retreats, summer camps and on-farm workshops. View this video to see one of their workshops, where they established an innovative partnership with a nearby vineyard, and listen to Kim Goodling’s motivation for opening her farm to the public.