University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Martin County will present an Agri-tourism Conference and Farm Tour June 15-16, 2017.
Thursday, June 15 – Farm Tour via bus departing from and returning to UF/IFAS Extension Martin County, 1:00-7:30 pm. We will visit agri-tourism operations with specialty crops in Martin County and hear directly from the farmers about their challenges and successes. The tour will include a reception and wine tasting at Summer Crush Winery in St. Lucie County, with presentations by local agri-tourism operators and an opportunity for discussion. Refreshments will be provided.
Friday, June 16 – Conference, 8:30-4:00 pm, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Auditorium. Presentations will be offered to assist new and existing agri-tourism operations with navigating regulations, business planning, marketing your agri-business, awareness of consumer preferences, and resources available to fund your operation. We will also have a panel discussion focused on regulations and insurance needs specific to agri-tourism businesses. A catered luncheon and refreshments will be provided.
The Regional Agri-Tourism Conference and Farm Tour was developed as a result of input from agricultural producers and policy-makers, many of whom have expressed an interest in learning more about the possibilities for creating or expanding agri-tourism opportunities in our county. A team of Extension and County staff at the University of Florida and here in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, along with local grower, Carl Frost of Kai Kai Farm, and Farm Bureau Martin County Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee Co-Chair David Hafner have been working together to organize the event. Topics to be covered were determined based on surveys of agri-tourism stakeholders across the region. Funding is provided in part by a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services specialty crop block grant awarded to the University of Florida as part of a state-wide effort to support agri-tourism.
Who should attend? The event is primarily geared toward farmers considering or already pursuing agri-tourism and policy-makers.
Registration: The registration fee covers program materials, farm tour bus transportation, refreshments, and the conference luncheon. Early registration is $75 thru June 8. After June 8, 2017 the registration cost will increase to $90. Please register online at: https://mcagritourism.eventbrite.com. Contact UF/IFAS Extension Martin County at 772-419-6962 for more information.
All programs and related activities sponsored, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Dr. Nick Place Dean and Director for Extension.