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Purpose

The NESARE-funded project convened a multistate team to develop and deliver educational programming to agricultural educators and service providers working with Northeast farmers interested in agritourism development. The training program is multi-tiered, comprising workshops, webinars, and web-based resources focused on:
  • minimizing farm safety risks;
  • managing liability;
  • mitigating financial risk through enterprise budgeting; and
  • improving marketing strategies.
Supplemental educational resources include farm-assessment tools; a series of Managing Risk on Your Agritourism Farm educational videos; an online enterprise budget tool; and fact sheets.

Project Funding

This project was supported by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program Award No. ENE11-121, “Development of Extension Programming to Support the Advancement of Agritourism in the Northeast”.
Additional support provided by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and by the USDA-National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Hatch project number NJ02120.

Project Leadership

Project Director

Brian Schilling, Assistant Extension Specialist in Agricultural Policy, Rutgers University

Co-Project Directors

Lisa Chase, Natural Resource Specialist, University of Vermont

Stephen Komar, Agricultural and Resource Management Agent, Rutgers University

Lucas Marxen, Assistant Director of Research Technology, Office of Research Analytics, Rutgers University

Program Development Team & Key Collaborators

William Bamka - Agricultural and Resource Management Agent, Rutgers University

Richard Brzozowski - Extension Educator - Agriculture, University of Maine

Jenny Carleo - Agricultural and Resource Management Agent, Rutgers University

Michelle Infante-Casella - Agricultural and Resource Management Agent, Rutgers University

Meredith Melendez - Senior Program Coordinator - Agriculture, Rutgers University

Samantha Rozier-Rich - Principal, EnRiched Consulting

Kevin Sullivan - Assistant Director, Office of Research Analytics, Rutgers University

Laurie Wolinksi - Director, Northeast Center for Risk Management Education, University of Delaware


Extension Training for Agritourism Development