Farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in becoming part of the growing agritourism industry are encouraged to participate in courses sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce Rural Development Division in partnership with the Santa Fe Trail Resource Conversation & Development and the Western Prairie Resource Conservation & Development. The five-part courses will be held in April and May in Colby and Garden City.
The classes will provide an overview of agritourism, including how rural enterprises can start a new agritourism business or incorporate agritourism into an existing business. Topics to be covered include defining an agritourism business; financing; pricing a product or service; finding customers; and insurance and legal issues. Jan Janzten, owner of Kansas Flint Hills Adventures, will serve as lead instructor. Free information sessions will be held prior to the start of each course.
WHAT: Two agritourism business development courses sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce Rural Development Division.
WHEN/WHERE: In Colby, the course will be offered from 4-8:30 p.m. April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4 (Wednesdays). A free information session will be held from 10 a.m.-noon March 17. Location for classes and information session will be the Thomas County Office Complex, 350 S. Range Ave., Colby, Kan. 67701.
In Garden City, the course will be offered from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5 (Thursdays). A free information session will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 16. Location for the classes and information session will be the AmericInn Lodge and Suites, 3020 E. Kansas, Garden City, Kan. 67846.
COST: Registration fee for each course is $75 for the first participant, $50 for each additional participant from the same business or family.
REGISTRATION: Register online or download a registration form at kansasagritourism.com.
MORE INFORMATION: Contact Becki Rhoades, Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-1847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.