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
Farm Tours and Tastings
Snapshot: Huntington River Vineyard
Snapshot: Sandiwood Farm-to-Fork Dinners
Marketing Your Enterprise – Key Points from University of California Cooperative Extension
The Four P’s of Marketing – from University of California Cooperative Extension
Tips for Building Marketing and Community Partnerships – from University of California Cooperative Extension
Marketing Your Agritourism Enterprise – Chapter Six in ‘Getting Started in Agritourism’ from Cornell
Creating a Social Media Strategy – From Good Egg Marketing
Marketing Your Farm to Schools - Video from Farm and Countryside Education
What Makes Your Farm Unique? How to Identify and Effectively Promote Your Attributes – Powerpoint presentation by Pam Knights Communications
Dig In Vermont - DigInVT is your portal to Vermont’s agriculture and culinary experiences that are open to the public.
Rural Bounty - a site to share the rich bounty of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, outdoor activities, and family fun that our rural countryside has to offer.
Localvore Today - a locally owned and operated marketing service for local businesses featuring no out-of-pocket cost to clients. In addition to emailing their extensive list of followers about your business, they will promote your offer in their social media campaigns.
Eatwith.com, eatfeastly.com and bookalokal.com are online sites that connect travelers looking for authentic dining options with hosts who offer meals in their homes. If your farm offers meals more than one time per month, a food service establishment license is necessary for operation. Consider partnering with these sites to promote your unique dining experiences. It is also important to remember to collect meals tax from your diners.
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Social Media and Tech Learning Opportunities
Girl Develop It - Burlington Based Classes for Women looking to Learn Simple Software Development
Farm-Based Education Network for resources and referrals
Edible Schoolyard Project for curricula and activities
Shelburne Farms Newsletter List to receive notifications about upcoming farmer-educator trainings
Cultivating Joy and Wonder: Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood through Nature, Food and Community
Cultivating Joy and Wonder brings Education for Sustainability into your early childhood classroom through engaging activities, essays, and resources that encourage children to explore and engage in the world around them. The book is the fruit of Shelburne Farms’ years of experience in early childhood education and sustainability, both on the Farm and with our partners at the Sustainability Academy and King Street Center in Burlington, Vermont.
A Guide For Connecting Farms to Schools and Communities
Designed to help farmers, teachers, and others interested in how to use farms for education, and connect them to the community. Includes strategies to market local food to schools, and 45 hand-on, farm-based, educational activities.
Teaching Tips How to Promote Active Learning, Activity Ideas and Hints for Making an Effective Presentation from Farming and Countryside Education
Project Seasons: Hands on Activities for Discovering the Wonders of the World
Developed at Shelburne Farms, Project Seasons is a collection of hands-on education activities for discovering the wonders of the world. Classroom educators, pre-school & after-school teachers, camp instructors and parents will find it invaluable in cultivating an awareness and appreciation of agriculture and natural resources.
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
Farm Safety and Risk Assessment
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 Iowa State Extension
10 Ways to Limit Liability from Colorado Agency of Agriculture
Legal Issues with On-Farm Events Webinar from Farm Commons
Agritourism Health and Safety Guidelines for Children
Types of Risk: Assessment and Management from Colorado Agency of Agriculture
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
Agritourism Liability and Questions to Clarify With Your Insurer from Chapter 5 of Getting Started in Agritourism from Cornell Cooperative 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.