Tips for putting on a farm-to-table event
Thinking about hosting a farm-to-table influencer event on your farm? You might want to consider some of these tips from Wanda Patsche, Minnesota Farm Living.
Patsche, who lives on a corn, soybean, and hog farm in Southern Minnesota, shared some of her advice from two farm-to-table events she recently helped host during her presentation ‘Farm to Table Events — What to Do and What Not to Do’ at the AgChat Foundation’s 2016 Cultivate & Connect conference in Kansas City Thursday.
Here are some of Patsche’s tips:
- Start early- a year in advance would be best.
- Think about the time of year, day of week, and time of day to host event.
- Plan for funding. Utilize agribusiness sponsors. Budget for an event planner.
- Consider if the event can be a fundraiser for FFA, a community center, or another organization to tie into event.
- Invitation only. Who are the mommy bloggers, education influencers, medical professionals, business and community leaders that you want to include on your target list?
- Keep the farmer to non-farmer ratio at 1/3 farmers to 2/3 influencers.
- Have a couple farmer sit at each table. Use conversation starters on tables.
- Invite the commodity groups to host educational tables.
- Utilize local FFA and 4-H groups for set-up/tear down.
- Pick other positive farmers to attend.