The Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference presented by Taste NY is a one-day conference to be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 in Corning, NY at the Corning Community College Campus. The focus will be on the development and sustainability of agritourism in the southern Finger Lakes region which covers Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Yates counties.
The day will begin with a breakfast and networking hour which will be followed by an introduction to the new regional agritourism planning team and a presentation of a new regional agritourism plan. Keynote speaker Dr. Sophie Winter, Assistant Professor of Agribusiness, SUNY Cobleskill will present on "Developing your entrepreneurship potential in Agritourism" is a presentation aimed at discussing best practices for anyone interested in diversifying their farm revenue stream. Welcoming the public on site and adding an extra activity to the operation requires specific considerations that the entrepreneur will need to plan for, followed by a Q&A session. After the keynote presentation, conference attendees will enjoy a farm to table buffet style lunch featuring local ingredients, plus a beverage pairing presentation featuring local farmers and beverage producers!
In the afternoon the conference will break into two separate workshops. Attendees may choose one to attend in the registration form. The first workshop will discuss what it means to be visitor ready and addresses the processes involved, and the second workshop will discuss developing the connections between farm to restaurant and what it takes to build those relationships. Both workshops will be presented by a panel of experts.
The conference will conclude with a closing “Where Do We Go From Here” presentation that will discuss next steps and strategies in the development of new markets and opportunities in agritourism. We will all leave the conference with important action steps and information to carry the momentum forward! Following the conference join us for the Taste FLXpo from 5pm – 8pm.
Cornell Cooperative Extension offices of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Yates counties
Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau
Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce
Chemung County Chamber of Commerce
Tioga County Chamber of Commerce
Yates County Chamber of Commerce