Agritourism Entrepreneurship Business Education Tours

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Agritourism Entrepreneurship

Business Education Tours 

June 13 and July 25

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Interested in beginning or improving your own agritourism business? Learn from Iowa’s leading agritourism operators and experts.

Each tour’s $10 registration fee includes a farm-to-table lunch. See information and registration links below or contact ISU Extension Tourism Specialist Diane Van Wyngarden at

Photos: Sawmill Hollow Family Farm, Cinnamon Ridge Farms, Loess Hills Lavender Farm

Diane Van Wyngarden


Diane Van Wyngarden

Flyer Agritourism Tours 2023

June 13: Ruminants and Roses of Donahue, Iowa

Registration deadline is May 23. $10 Fee.

Cinnamon Ridge Farms with John and Joan Maxwell

Learn how these robotic dairy farm owners engage audiences about modern agriculture with farm tours, day camps and special events; and how they promote Iowa agriculture to the world by building community relationships and corporate connections, such as John Deere and Viking River Cruises. Enjoy a delicious farm-produced lunch, view an innovative way to sell farm produce, and gain understanding of why this award-winning agritourism farm receives five-star visitor reviews.

Miss Effie’s Country Flowers with Cathy Lafrenz

Stroll through Iowa’s first you-pick flower farm to discover a simplicity of the past, framed by flowers and fantasy. Picture yourself among the blossoms and visualize how you might use your own farm for photo session revenue. Learn how to incorporate classes into your business plan to generate income beyond your growing season. Each participant will receive a fresh flower bouquet as a reminder of the ideas gathered today.


July 25: Loess Hills of Missouri Valley, Iowa

Registration deadline is July 5. $10 Fee.

Grain Bin Getaway with Brent and Christy Nie

Have you thought about renting your rural property for overnight stays? Hear how Loess Hills property owners became top-rated Airbnb Superhosts after they repurposed an old grain bin into a tiny house and public response exceeded their expectations. Take a rare peek inside this beautifully designed country getaway, and learn about navigating the world of short-term rentals from creative, business-savvy entrepreneurs. Facebook: The Nie Grain Bin

Sawmill Hollow Aronia Berries with Vaughn and Cindy Pittz

Aronia berries are often called a superfruit because of their high antioxidant activity. Sawmill Hollow Farm was a pioneer in cultivating this native berry for food production and developing a product line from the deep purple fruit. Tour participants will be treated to a farm-to-table aronia berry lunch in a beautiful Loess Hills setting while learning about this alternative crop, and how this family utilizes it for agritourism. The meal and farm visit will end with a Q&A session and aronia berry wine tasting.

Loess Hills Lavender Farm with Tracy Porter and Mary Hamer

Lavender is used for floral arrangements, hand creams, air fresheners, and essential oils. Participants in this tour will have a chance to eat it! Our hosts will provide lavender lemonade and lavender blossom cookies as they share how this agritourism farm began, how it overcame hurdles, and how the expanded farm operates today. Participants may also explore the farm’s lavender plants and products as they hear the owner’s vision for the future.