Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Value-Added Ag Tour for East Central Nebraska

UNL Extension and SARE are sponsoring a Value-Added Ag Tour for East Central Nebraska for Tuesday, October 22nd, originating from the ARDC.  We will actually have a van leaving from Lincoln for interested participants.  Cost of the tour is $20 and includes transportation and lunch.   Would you like to learn more about value-added agriculture? Interested in adding an additional enterprise to your operation? Would you like to visit local businesses and locations to see agriculture in different lights? Well this is the tour for you! The tour will include stops at: Bernard and Rhonda Carritt’s aronia berry farm in Wahoo, Alan Vybiral’s grapes grown for James Arthur Vineyard also in Wahoo, Martin’s Hillside Orchard in Ceresco, Todd Valley Farms in Mead, and conclude the day at Larry and Margaret Kasper’s wholesale tree farm in Mead. 

The tour will provide unique experiences to learn about large scale aronia berry production and marketing; grape growing and marketing to a local winery; family-focused agri-tourism with cider and pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, and raspberries; a turf-grass farm focusing on water conservation; wholesale tree and shrub growers; and more!!

The tour will take place on Tuesday, October 22 (early registration is by October 18), and is $20 per person – which includes all transportation, lunch, and wine tasting. Carpooling is available from Lincoln north to the ARDC; inquire when you register.  Attached is a flyer about this event.

Please direct questions or register by contacting Lindsay Chichester, Saunders County Extension Office, 1-800-529-8030 or 402-624-8007 or Gary Lesoing, Nemaha County Extension Office, 402-274-4755.

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