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A Word From the Board

We are less than 30 days from our 12th annual corn maze opening at Jaemor Farms - thus - like us, I'm sure many of you are running around making the final touches so that you can open your fall activities to the public. This fall will be an exciting time for agritourism as both the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Department of Economic Development - Tourism Division are running agritourism themed campaigns (more information below). We are grateful to have partners within both departments that have agreed to promote GAA members farms this fall. You should have already received an email about the GDA/WSB promotions for corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and Christmas trees. Click here if you didn't receive that email, and the GAA staff will send you the information.

Join these social media campaigns this fall by using #ExploreGeorgiaFarms in your farm's social media efforts.

Our organization's members "grow fun". I'm excited to see what this fall holds for each of us and will be praying for your operation's safety and success this year!

Caroline Lewallen
GAA President

 

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Tourism Division Social Media Campaign Focusing on Farm Fun

The GA Dept of EcoDev-Tourism Division, operators of http://www.exploregeorgia.org, will be kicking off an eight (8) week campaign the week of September 18th using the hashtag #ExploreGeorgiaFarms. Their weekly themes during their campaign are currently planning to be: 1) Apples 2) Corn Mazes & Hayrides 3) Pumpkins 4) Farm Stays 5) Pecans 6) History {Oldest Farms in GA} 7) Wineries and 8) Georgia Grown Trails. Your GAA BOD is working on a list to share back with the EcoDev Tourism Division on what categories our members fall under.

REQUEST: They are asking for a few 'give away' items such as maze passes, u-pick apple baskets, gift baskets, t-shirts, etc., for them to use as give-a-ways during their social media campaigns.

  1. If you have something unique you'd like for us to be sure we share with them about your farm, please let us know.
  2. Do you have a give-a-way we can share with them? Please send us as email.
  3. Lastly - don't forget to also join the campaign this fall by using #ExploreGeorgiaFarms in your farm's social media efforts.

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Member Marketing Opportunity with WSB-TV ATL

Georgia Agritourism Association has been given the opportunity to work with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown marketing program to promote corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree farms in Georgia from September – December 2017 with WSB-TV Channel 2 ATL website,  Facebook and Instagram. The cost is $100 per commodity promotion.  The deadline for Pumpkins is September 1, and the deadline for Christmas Trees is October 1.The deadline for Corn Mazes has already passed. Read more here.

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Member Spotlight - Timpson Creek Farm

Timpson Creek Farm is a Certified Organic vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower operation located just 6 miles from the beautiful town of Clayton, Georgia.  Practices at the farm reflect a profound respect for natural systems and preserving the native ecology while also growing crops that are full of nutrition and flavor.  Timpson Creek Farm offers many hands on learning experiences through their Education Center and features an Organic U-Pick Blackberry patch. They also offer a Farmstand open on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM where they sell all of their organic goodies. Read more here

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How Old is Your Farm?

Everyone knows you should never ask a lady her age or weight. Luckily we are asking about the age of your farm! To assist in the Tourism Division promotions as well as to update GAA membership information, please send us an email with:

  1. The name and age of your farm property, and
  2. The name and age of your agritourism operation. 

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What's Growin' On

On Saturday, August 5th, Jaemor Farms hosted their largest Peach Festival to date for u-pick fun on the farm. Customers purchased baskets upon their arrival, then were hauled to the peach orchard for ripe picking! 20 local arts and crafts vendors were present for customers to shop with, and Jaemor provided all sorts of samples of peach products in the farm market. It's always fun to see families making our festivals 'family traditions'! Read more here:  http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/124697/

 

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Save the Date: 2018 GAA Annual Conference

The 2018 Georgia Agritourism Annual Conference will be hosted March 5-6 at Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen, GA!  Information regarding registration, lodging and other meeting details coming soon. Information regarding registration, lodging and other meeting details coming soon. Click here to suggest educational session topics.

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