Agritourism through Farm Stores - Online & in Nebraska

Farm and Food

About: Are you a military veteran interested in agriculture? Join us as we visit different farm stores through our 11-session series that will rotate between online classroom sessions and on-farm sessions with an online option.

In our classroom sessions, participants will visit actual storefronts, online stores, and farm stands and hear from experienced farmers and farm leaders in agritourism about the ins and outs of a farm store, how they have it set up, their experiences, and challenges they have faced.

Session topics will include how to obtain the proper equipment, maintenance of adequate facilities, how to set up purchasing systems, and more.

Cost: Free for active military service members and military veterans.

Participant stipends are available to cover approved expenses such as travel, meals, and child care. Individuals are welcome to attend with family members. For on-farm events, physical accommodations may be made upon request

When: Monday, Feb. 19 through August 2024

  • Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. Meet the farmer, skills assessment, budgeting, and marketing
  • Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. Risk management
  • March 4, 6:30 p.m. Holistic goal setting
  • March 11, 6:30 p.m. Agritourism laws
  • March 18, 6:30 p.m. Zoning and insurance
  • March 25, 6:30 p.m. Taxes and recordkeeping
  • April 15, 6:30 p.m. Farm store set up
  • May 13, 6:30 p.m. Sourcing other products
  • June 10, 6:30 p.m. Risk management, off-site farm store
  • July 18, 6:30 p.m. Marketing (online)
  • Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. Farm stand marketing

Where: Online and farm store locations (to be determined)

Registration required by Feb. 16: Registration is closed. These workshops are at capacity.

Questions/assistance with registering: Contact Kirstin Bailey, or 402.367.8989, or Deborah Solie, or 402.870.1133

Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs

Programming is funded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NIFA USDA fund Award #2020-77028-32890.

All Center for Rural Affairs events and activities are open to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities and/or persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) will be made if requested in advance.