2017 Virginia Agritourism Conference: Agritourism in Virginia’s New Economy
Tuesday – Thursday, April 18– 20, 201
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
12042 West Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia
Three days filled with fresh ideas on a variety of hot topics!
- Day 1: Explore multiple agritourism tools including social media, event planning, labor regulations, legal issues, financial resources, marketing strategies, and agritourism’s best practices!
- Day 2: Visit three farms and personally discover agritourism successes and challenges.
- Day 3: Spend the last day with Jon Schallert, who is an internationally-recognized speaker and business expert specializing in teaching all types of businesses and communities how to turn themselves into highly desired Consumer Destinations.
To Register . . .
You may register for one day ($105) or all three days ($150).
Registration fee includes meals as listed on the program.
Conference registration deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017. (No refunds after this date)
Conference lodging is also available at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa. Ask for the conference rate.
- Farm Credit
- Jon Schallert, The Schallert Group, Inc.
- The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia
- USDA Rural Development
- Virginia Agribusiness Council
- Virginia Association of Counties
- Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Virginia FAIRS
- Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Virginia Farm Bureau
- Virginia State University
- Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program
- Virginia Tech
- Virginia Tourism Inc.
- Agritourism: Ideas and Resources
- Preparing for an Agritourism Event
- Questions & Answers for starting a small business
- Virginia Business Legal Structures
- Managing legal liability series: Workers’ compensation and vendor liability for farmers’ market owners and operators
- Managing legal liability series: Virginia attorneys: Members of theAmerican Agricultural Law Association
- Managing Legal Liability Series: Conducting the liability assessment
- Managing Legal Liability Series: How much liability insurance coverage should I have?
- Managing Liability: Legal liability in agritourism and direct market operations
- Managing Legal Liability Series: Questions to ask when comparing insurance coverage
- Managing Legal Liability Series: Sources of insurance
- Managing Legal Liability Series: Insurance factsheet
- Freshwater shrimp boils: A festive community event for fun and profit
- Viticulture Notes
- Direct Marketing
Agritourism is recreation at its finest! Visitors to local farms might tour a vineyard, explore winemaking, or discuss the process of transforming grapes into high quality Virginia wines. Younger guests (as well as many adults) may discover that goats are not dogs with horns, donkeys are different than horses, and milk does not actually originate in a plastic container in the grocery store. The tour of farm fields has enabled many people to realize that peanuts grow underground and cotton grows on a plant and not in a bale. People are hunting in the deer-filled forests and fishing in well-stocked ponds. Pumpkins, apples, cherries, and other produce are being picked. Corn mazes are being navigated. Hayrides, animal barnyard visits, and ice cream treats made from the local dairy’s milk are being added to the top of the “fun-to-do” list of many Virginians.
- Your Success: Welcoming Visitors to the Farm (PDF | 1MB)
- The Best Places InnVirginia (PDF | 1MB)
- Navigating the Agritourism Insurance Maze (PDF | 823KB)
- Staunton Creative Community Fund (PDF | 285KB)
- Virginia Agritourism: Exploring the Options (PDF | 3MB)
- Making the Most of Direct Marketing and Agribusiness — Regulation and Food Safety Considerations (PDF | 1MB)
- Strategies for a Profitable Tasting Room (PDF | 2MB)
- Planting the Seeds for a Regional Agritourism Program (PDF | 1MB)
- Lessons in Agritourism: A National Perspective (PDF | 999KB)
- Linking Entrepreneurs to Resources to Help Them Grow (PDF | 589KB)
- Jeter Farm, Bonsack, VA (PDF | 567KB)
- Social Media: Making it Work for Small Business (PDF | 650KB)
- Designing the Web Presence (PDF | 1MB)
- MeadowCroft Farm: Farm Born & Raised (PDF | 2MB)
- Marketing 101 (PDF | 263KB)
- Mayberry Marketing 101 (PDF | 3MB)
- Agribusiness-Agritourism in Rockingham County (PDF | 454KB)
- Vintage Virginia Apples & Albemarle CiderWorks (PDF | 439KB)
- Conserving Farmland Supports Agritourism (PDF | 404KB)
- Virginia Is For Lovers (PDF | 233KB)
- The Virginia Fresh Food Loan Fund (PDF | 258KB)