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By Mary Hightower
U of a System Division of Agriculture
HOPE, Ark. – Agritourism has its fun and serious sides. Hear about both at the June
16 Horticulture Field Day at the Southwest Research and Extension Center.
“This year’s horticulture field day has a really strong program for those in the agritourism
business or are considering trying it as an added source of income,” said. Dr. Vic
Ford, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s SWREC.
“We have experts who can discuss how to plan and negotiate the legal considerations
of opening a tourism operation.”
The field day also includes an Agritourism panel discussion featuring David and Sylvia
Reddin of Suzanne’s Fruit Farm in Hampton; Jack and Sunny Daniels of Miracle Farms
in Bodcaw; and Luke and Deedee Alston of Holly Springs Homestead in Mena.
The field day is also an opportunity to hear from world-renowned fruit breeder John
Clark, on new cultivars from the Division of Agriculture; and to meet the division’s
two new horticulture specialists, Jackie Lee and Amanda McWhirt.
Of course, the field day is famous for its home cooking and this year will feature
recipe demonstrations featuring Arkansas foods and a food preservation/jams and jellies
workshop by extension Family and Consumer Science agents.
The full agenda is available for download.
The field day opens at 7:30 a.m. with registration and winds up at 2 p.m. Admission
is $17 for registration in advance of the event, or $20 at the door. Call Sherri Pote,
870-777-9702 for more information or to register.
For more information on horticulture, contact your county extension office or visit
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need
materials in another format, please contact the SW Research and Extension Center as
soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org