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Getting Classy: Classes You Can Offer At Your Farm
When you offer a class on your farm, you have the potential to expand your profits and also to expand the interest of your guests. While one woman might not be interested in getting your sheep or learning how to sheer them, she might be dying to find out how to work with the wool to make a blanket.
If you have a winery, you can give a wine tasting class that teaches your guests the art of tasting wine and you can even have wine tasting at the same time. You might teach a class on preserving fruits if you have a pick-your-own fruit farm or a vegetable farm. Goat farms can host classes for making goat cheese.
Knitting, crochet, weaving, soap making, candle making, bird pod making, spinning and candle making are all excellent ideas of classes you can offer on your farm. It’s great if the class specifically pertains to your type of farm, but it doesn’t have to. A painting class can be held on a horse farm. A candle-making class is fine on a crop farm.
If you have a horse farm, you are in luck. Teach a class on how to ride a horse, how to train a horse, how to race a horse or how to care for a horse. You can conduct classes on how to buy a horse, how to saddle one or even how to make a saddle. Get an artist in and teach how to draw or how to paint horses. There is no boundaries, no rules...just let your imagination go hog wild. Oh, and if you have hogs, you can do the same and bring in the bacon for sure.
People can justify coming to your farm and paying a fee if they are taking a skill home with them. If you aren’t the teacher type or don’t know how to do what you are teaching well enough to be leading a class, find someone within your staff who does or hire someone who does. Especially if your guest gets to take a product home, they will feel it is certainly worthwhile.
All you need to do is to brainstorm a bit in order to think of a class, or classes, that your farm could host. Do you have chickens? Host a class on cooking eggs or how to paint chickens or teach a cooking class where real men can learn to make quiche. If you have a vegetable crop based farm, you can host cooking classes, planting classes so guests can learn to grow their own gardens, preserving and canning classes and even niche tops like how to grow organically, how to make essential oils from plants you grow, how to make pies from the fruits grown. There are endless possibilities. Reach for the stars and you are sure to find awesome classes that will attract extra business for you and will help you diversify as well. You can never go wrong when you get classy.