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REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2021 NAFDMA AGRITOURISM LEARNING RETREAT
The ALR will take place in Canfield, OH July 20 and Hartville, OH July 21-22
Space is limited. Register today. Membership is not required.
If you are joining or renewing your membership, please email
lisa@nafdma.com for quicker access to your member discount for this event.
This ALR will be modified slightly to accommodate Covid19 restrictions.
Notably: NAFDMA will NOT be providing transportation. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the location(s) themselves. This can be accomplished through personal vehicles, rentals, or ride shares.
ALR Host Farm
Maize Valley has been open since the 1960s and likes to joke that their number one “crop” from the rich soil of their 750-acre farm is FUN. Their event calendar is brimming with activities all year long to make your visit memorable. From car cruise-ins and weekend concerts to fall festivities with wagon rides, corn mazes and the legendary pumpkin cannon, the activities at Maize Valley will entertain all ages.
They are founded on old-fashioned values, where employees are treated like family and customers are treated like friends. Dedicated to the community, Maize Valley commits to supporting causes throughout Northeast Ohio and helping neighbors when they need a hand. VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE
ALR BONUS DAY FARM
White House Fruit Farm has grown produce for over 90 years. Apples are their signature crop, but they also grow strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, sweet corn, asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions, cucumbers, eggplant, and pumpkins.

The farm brings fun beyond the farm market. They are a destination for all seasons! They look forward to welcoming you!
2021 Virtual Agritourism Summit Recordings
NOW AVAILABLE
Individual educational sessions available, covering topics focused on:
  • Operations and Employee Management
  • Retail Merchandising
  • Email Marketing
  • Booking Software
  • And more…
Our entire Virtual Tour is available, showcasing the following unique farm operations:
  • Edwards Apple Orchard West
  • Kuipers Family Farm
  • DeBuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
  • Richardson Farm
  • Niederman Family Farm
Note: Payment is required for all distribution of recorded materials.  
Bakery Workshop
Helene's Hilltop Orchard transitioned a family dairy farm into an orchard in 1979 and added a bakery in 1992. As the apples grew, so did their business. Today, the orchard is owned by Mark and Olivia Telschow. Olivia shares her knowledge of the bakery as she learned it working hands-on in the kitchen, adding the commercial bakery operation to their agritourism farm. Everything from production tips to equipment to operational checklists will be shared. 

Content is available on-demand as soon as payment is received.

Topics covered include:
  • History & Olivia’s Training
  • Bakery tour – Inside
  • Farm Tour – Outside
  • Online Store and Drive-Thru
  • Retail Strategies
  • Customer Base – Marketing – Pricing – Packaging
  • Labor – Internships – Prep work
  • Food Products
  • Donuts
  • Label Production
  • Making Pie Crust 
  • Making Double Crust Apple Pie
  • Making Quiche
  • Making Apple Turnovers
  • Making Lattice Top Crust
Free Members Only Webinar
Managing Field Trips Effectively - Tuesday, May 4th 1:00pm Eastern

Nickajack Farms in North Lawrence, OH is dedicated to interactive education, and offers a variety of themed field trips designed to teach children about animals and agriculture. On Tuesday, May 4th at 1:00pm Eastern, join us as owner Debbie Sebolt shares her well-rounded perspective on the value of providing effective field trips on the farm.

We will discuss the following information:
How To Begin
Designing trips that fit your individual farm
Providing interesting, interactive education

Scheduling Best Practices
Number of groups
Time Management
Online scheduling and Organizational Spreadsheets
Disability Groups

Staffing - Types, Responsibilities & Training

Nickajack Tours - Seasonal & Year-round
Supplier Spotlight
Westphalia Trading Co., LLC builds and sells chicken coops, play houses and various animal shelters. They have a petting zoo, corn maze, green house in the spring and a vacation rental home on their property as well.

Their coops are built to last with quality materials, craftsmanship, pressure-treated lumber, screws instead of nails, and real lumber, not plastic and particle board. All of our coops can be adapted for use as a rabbit hutch or a dog kennel!

For an additional charge they can install a solar-powered door that opens and closes at sunrise and sunset, so you don't always have to be there to let your chickens in and out!
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