From on-farm dinners to pizza farms to culinary tours and food events, there is increasing opportunity for farms to diversify and grow income through expanding into agritourism offerings that feature local foods.
Come & Get It! provides training and resources to support farmers to successfully launch farm-based food businesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Led by the award-winning Renewing the Countryside, this project is in partnership with the MISA, Farm Commons and Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, co-authors of Homemade for Sale
#1 Listen to the Webinar
Available for both Minnesota and Wisconsin - this Webinar is the perfect starting point and a prerequisite the Field Days listed below.You can listen to the archived webinars here:
#2 Read the Manual
Available in both Minnesota and Wisconsin-specific versions, the Come & Get It! on-farm food service manual guides farmers to assess and evaluate the business planning aspects of adding an on-farm food enterprise.
Come & Get It! Chapters 1 - 5 (PDF, 1.0 Mb)
- Assessment: Is On-farm Food Service Right for You?
- Profile: Dinner on the Farm
- Profile: Stoney Acres Farm
Minnesota Section (PDF, 411 kb)
Wisconsin Section (PDF, 371 kb)
#3 Attend a Field Day
Each session showcases a successful story of how farms can diversify into food ventures, including:
Detailed “behind the scenes” farm and pizza operation tour
Informational sessions on business start-up, licensing and marketing
Plenty of Q&A time
Cross-pollination opportunity with other farmers interested in similar ventures
Monday, August 13th, 2018
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Type of operation: On-farm winery and full kitchen features full meals, wine bar and catered events. Italian-inspired meals feature heritage pork, lamb and vegetables grown on the farm
This project is a partnership between Renewing the Countryside and: