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Agritourism Workshop to be Held in Louisa

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Virginia Tech Press Release

Farms are inviting visitors to tour a vineyard, enjoy hayrides, buy their produce, and eat ice cream made from the local dairy’s milk. If agritourism is part of your farm’s business plan, the April 9 Agritourism in a Creative Economy workshop is the place to be.

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the workshop is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and Virginia Tourism Corporation in partnership with the Louisa County Department of Economic Development.

Held at Weston Farms located at 206 Harris Creek Road, Louisa, Virginia, the workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude around 12:30 p.m.

“This training combines information on liability, zoning requirements, marketing, and the best practices for launching an agritourism operation,” said Martha Walker, community viability specialist for Extension. “Our team is thrilled to have Penny Martin with Weston Farm and John and Virginia Carroll with Claybrooke Farm to share their successes and challenges in operating a successful agritourism operation,” said Charles Rosson, Louisa ANR agent.

The workshop is free, but you must register. Register by calling the Louisa County Extension office and speak with Kim or Suzanne at smcgehee@vt.edu or 540.967.3422 by Friday, April 4.

For more information on agritourism programs, please contact Dr. Martha A. Walker, Virginia Cooperative Extension, by phone at 434-766-6761 or by e-mail at walker53@vt.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Martha A. Walker, Central District Office, at 434-766-6761 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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