The Solomon Valley Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. is hosting the Solomon Valley Agritourism Workshop, October 9, 2008.
The Agritourism Workshop begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Rooks County 4-H Building in Stockton. The Workshop is being sponsored in part by Rural Telephone Service Co., Inc. and the Stockton National Bank.
Agritourism is a method by which farmers can diversify their farm products and supplement their agricultural incomes. It can be thought of as one alternative for improving the incomes and potential economic viability of small farms and rural communities.
Common agritourism activities in Kansas include family outings to pick apples or pumpkins; assisting with an authentic cattle drive; relaxing at a winery; or going on a fall hunting trip. If you are interested in supplementing your income with an agritourism business please attend the Agritourism Workshop on October 9th.
Ben Allen, Kansas State University, and Sarah Larison, Kansas Department of Commerce, are experts in the field of agritourism. They will be speaking about agritourism in Kansas, regulations, as well as promotion and advertising.
Shawna Oliver with Farm Bureau will discuss insurance. A noon meal will be catered by Bigge’s Country Kitchen of Stockton. In the afternoon we will have Virtual Tours of Covert Creek Lodge, Pure Prairie, and Poore Farms Labradors, LLC. The final session of the day will be a panel discussion with all the speakers. Vendors will also be available the day of the Workshop.
Prior to October 6th, a $25 registration fee can be sent to the Solomon Valley RC&D at 320 South Sixth Street, Stockton, Kansas 67669. Registration on the day of the event will be $30.
Vendors can call the RC&D at 785-425-6647 to register for display space.
Registration forms are available at www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/news/events.html, scroll to October, and click on the event.