INDIANAPOLIS -- Agritourism is the focus of the 2007 Indiana Farm Sustainability Tour during its August stop in Indianapolis. The event will take place on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Traders Point Creamery, an organic dairy farm located on the city's northwest side. Speakers will discuss the importance of the customer experience at an agritourism destination -- from incorporating educational components to maintaining rural authenticity. Participants will also get an in-depth tour of the farm.
Scheduled speakers are Justin Armstrong, The Barn Director at the Indiana State Fair, and Tommy Kleckner, Director of the Western Regional Office for Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Armstrong will present ways to make agritourism sites more educational and visitor-friendly for schools groups and the general public. Kleckner will discuss how rural preservation plays an important role in creating an authentic visitor experience that makes agritourism appealing. The owners of Traders Point Creamery, Fritz and Jane Kunz, will discuss the farm's history and lead an in-depth tour of the operation.
The cost for the August tour is $15 and includes lunch at the Traders Point Creamery café. Registration is open through Aug. 16 at www.conf.purdue.edu/FARMTOURS or by calling Jerry Nelson, Purdue New Ventures Extension Educator, 812-886-9582.
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development partnered with Purdue University and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to plan and conduct the August agritoursim tour. The Purdue Small Farms Team, the Purdue New Ventures Team, and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture developed the Indiana Farm Sustainability Tour, a series of nine workshops held statewide, with support from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. The workshops offer farmers and rural residents the opportunity to learn more about ways to keep small farms profitable.