Vermont Farm-Based Education Forum: Agritourism, Education and Economics on Your Farm

Farm Based Education Forum
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: All Day
Event Type: 
Adult Program
Location: Shelburne, VT
Fee: $45 for 10/23 workshops; 10/22 field trips and dinner additional

Join farmers, farm-based educators and service providers in a two-day exploration of open farms in Vermont and the Northeast.  Workshops will discuss the opportunities and challenges that visitors bring to farms, and will share tools for offering memorable, authentic on-farm experiences to your guests. Learn how to use your farm as a classroom, expand opportunities for direct sales, and discover the impact of farm-based education and agritourism on your farm, family, community and beyond.

Hands-on full day workshops, tours and field trips will be offered on October 22. October 23 will follow a “conference” format with workshops on zoning, educational programming, business planning, marketing and social media. Registration open through 7:30 AM, October 17.

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Tuesday, October 22
(Pre-conference activities)

7:00  Optional Morning Chores, Shelburne Farms Children’s Farmyard
7:30  Registration Opens
8:45 - 4:30 pm  Champlain Islands Field Trip
9 - 5:00 pm   ABC’s of Farm-Based Education at Shelburne Farms
11 - 12:30  Farm Tour: Trevin Farms
12:30 - 2:00 Farm Tour: Bread and Butter Farm
1 - 2:30  Farm Tour: Champlain Orchards
2:30 - 4:00 Farm Tour: Isham Family Farm
3 - 4:30 Farm Tour - Chick to Plate Project
5:00 - 8:30 Grazing Reception at Shelburne Farms and Welcome from Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross and Commissioner, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing, Megan Smith

Wednesday, October 23

7:00 Optional Morning Chores, Shelburne Farms Children’s Farmyard
7:30 Registration
8 - 9:00 Welcome
9:15 - 10:45 Workshop Session I
11 - 12:30 Workshop Session II
12:45 - 2:15 Lunch
2:30 - 3:30 Workshop Session III
3:45 - 4:45 Workshop Session IV
5 - 5:30 Closing

Hosted by the Farm-Based Education Network and Vermont Farms! Association in partnership with Shelburne Farms, NOFA VT and UVM Extension

Contact Vera Simon-Nobes:; (802) 985 0382 with questions.

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