University of Vermont

Welcoming Customers on Your Farm Using Agritourism, Education, and Direct Sales to Increase Farm Profits

April 7-8, 2015

Rutland, Vermont

A two-day gathering in Rutland for farmers, agricultural service providers, educators, and others interested in agritourism, on-farm education, and direct sales.

Downtown Rutland's Paramount Theater and Community College of Vermont will be the venues for speakers and hands-on workshops.

Spend Tuesday, April 7 touring a variety of farms in the Rutland region. On Wednesday, April 8, learn from experts in agritourism, on-farm education, and direct sales -- and share your experiences!



Online registration is now closed, but it's not too late!

On-site Registration Fees are as follows:

  • $35 for the farm to table dinner on April 7
  • $60 for the day-long program of workshops on April 8

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lisa Chase at 802-257-7967 or 1-800-571-0668 (toll-free in VT) or by March 17, 2015 so we may assist you.


Tuesday, April 7

Vermont Farmers Food Center
251 West Street
Rutland, VT 05701

Farm Tours Registration is between 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
The Farm to Table Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.

Download the Agenda

Wednesday, April 8

Rutland Paramount Theatre
30 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701

Registration opens in the lobby at 8:00 a.m.

Download the Agenda


Overnight accommodations at the Holiday Inn in Rutland are available to conference attendees for a discounted rate of $99/night single, $119/night double, $139/night triple, and $159/night quad, plus tax. Rooms are available on a first come first served basis and reservations must be made by attendees.

To make a reservation:

  • Use the online reservation site, Group Code 'RRP'
  • Or, call 1-877-834-3613 and mention Group Code 'RRP' to receive the conference rate

Funding for this conference was made possible in part with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development. ​ ​Additional ​support ​came from ​ the ​Rutland ​Regional ​ Planning ​Commission, Rutland ​Area ​ Farm ​and ​Food ​Link ​(RAFFL), ​University ​of ​Vermont ​Extension, ​ Shelburne Farms, Farm-Based ​Education ​Network, ​Vermont ​Farms! ​Association, ​the ​ Vermont ​Department ​of ​Tourism ​and ​Marketing, ​and ​the ​ Vermont ​ Agency ​of ​Agriculture, ​Food ​and ​Markets, and the Community College of Vermont.

This conference aligns with Vermont’s Farm to Plate goals to increase food literacy, farm profitability, and local food availability as well as more opportunities for farms to engage in technical assistance opportunities.

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

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