RBC Heritage Culture Center Agritourism Workshop Tuesday
The Rio Blanco County Heritage Culture Center is pleased to host a workshop on Agritourism featuring the keynote speaker Kelli Hepler who serves as director of Colorado Agritourism.
The Workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Old West Heritage Culture Center, 517 Park St. in Meeker. All are cordially invited to attend. For more information, e-mail Ellene Meece at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-878-9982.
Hepler has coordinated an outstanding and progressive Agritourism program in the North Fork Valley of Delta County including cities of Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford, directly enhanced the economies by attracting tourism to the valley agricultural industries.
Tourism is the leading economic engine in Colorado and domestic and international visitors are especially attracted to the lore of the Old West, seeking to experience farm and ranch operations first hand. Local agricultural producers can offer such “hands-on” personal experiences on their properties allowing visitors to experience their rich heritage and to enjoy and appreciate the high quality production of food products derived from cattle, sheep, fruit orchards, grains, bee keeping and much more. Visitors enjoying such opportunities in turn contribute to the economic improvement of the agricultural providers and thus to the rural communities of Northwest Colorado. New statutes offer limitations on liability for agricultural providers to further enhance tourism participation.
Hepler will focus on implementing Agritourism opportunities in Northwest Colorado through a variety of “best practices” and examples of successful operations to get such industries started.
What often begins as a hobby to pass the time by creating something appealing to the artist or appealing to the eye, to the ear, something tasty or something — anything, can often flower into a real source of income that can help working families in rural economies like ours.