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  • 7 Jul 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Agritourism farms get creative
    Lancaster Farming
    Agritourism farms sell their farm products, but their biggest-selling commodity is the farm experience itself. So, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, these farms had to decide how to market their experiences in different ways. As such, farmers across the country have gotten more creative than they ever thought they'd have to. Hugh McPherson, from Maple Lawn Farms in New Park, Pennsylvania, hosts the Maize Quest Corn Maze and Fun Park on his farm.

  • 30 Jun 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Developing a waiver of liability for on-farm tours and other activities
    AG NET West
    Farmers are being encouraged to develop liability waivers for on-farm tours and other activities. Executive Director of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Tawny Tesconi recommends that growers meet with legal counsel to develop a waiver specific to their operation. Tesconi noted that as health officials begin allowing more on-farm tours, tastings, and other activities, growers would be best served by protecting themselves with a waiver.

  • 23 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    7 Tips For Writing Job Posts That Attract Candidates
    During NAFDMA’s “Hiring Online” webinar that recently took place, we covered a lot of ground with regards to utilizing online job sites and social media effectively. This webinar recording is now available in NAFDMA’s Online Store, but you should also check out the following LinkedIn resource to get a better understanding of how to compose the job posts that attract the candidates you’re searching for. These 7 tips can help you develop a job description that will increase the chance of you landing the perfect candidate.

  • 16 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Agritourism challenges: COVID-19 causes changes in businesses
    As with most industries, COVID-19 has impacted agritourism businesses this year. The NAFDMA International Agritourism Association hosted an online roundtable to share stories and discuss solutions to challenges. Michelle Brown, co-owner of Brown Hill Farms in Pennsylvania, had no clear guidelines on how to proceed with her new 4-acre tulip patch this spring.

  • 9 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    U-pick farms reopening with safety features
    Capital Press
    Customers flocked to Detering Orchards' U-pick strawberry patch Saturday for the season's opening. Sunday, dozens more people picked until plants were bare and the farm was forced to temporarily close its patch, said Detering Orchards' retail manager Cindy Dixon.
  • 2 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Strawberry farm adjusts with drive-thru shopping
    Lancaster Farming
    Fifer Orchards held a drive-thru this week to keep customers connected to the family and farm that has been operating since 1919. Because of COVID-19, Fifer’s has been limiting sales to online ordering. Customers order produce online, pick a time slot and then show up to be ushered into a parking spot and handed a bag of goodies by friendly mask-wearing staff. They never have to leave their cars and there's no hand-to-hand contact. Spring is a busy time here, and the strawberries and asparagus are both in full swing and heavy demand right now. However, there are no pick-your-own strawberries this season.

  • 26 May 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CNY farm sells out drive-in movie event, plans more
    Now that drive-in movie theaters are allowed to resume operating in New York state, a Central New York farm has been given the go-ahead to host its first ever pop-up drive-in movie event. And it's already sold out. Arlington Acres in LaFayette, New York, will show "The Goonies" on a big screen after sunset on Saturday, May 23.

  • 19 May 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lavender farmers look to open in June with some provisions
    Sequim Gazette
    As the fields begin to bloom, Sequim, Washington, lavender farmers remain optimistic as uncertainty looms about the summer's tourism season in the continued wake of COVID-19. Farms that would be open to travelers and locals can currently only offer curbside pickup and/or online deliveries, with Clallam County subject to Phase 1 restrictions of Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order.

  • 12 May 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Pumpkin patch transforms into farm safari during coronavirus outbreak
    A Northwest Portland pumpkin patch and farm has been forced to think outside the animal pen during the coronavirus pandemic in order to survive the financial fallout. Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm has transformed into a "farm safari" by allowing visitors to stay in their vehicles and tour the property.
  • 5 May 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    #MakingItWork: Featuring Allandale Farm General Manager, Helen Glotzer
    Living in and around Boston, it's easy to think that you're not exactly living in a rural environment. Life is spent on streets and sidewalks with parks providing respites of green. A bucolic exception, situated between Brookline and Jamaica Plain, is Allandale Farm — a WBUR Underwriting partner.

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