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Thursday, December 8 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Having Guests on Your Farm: Community and Profitability

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This workshop will explore agrotourism models on three farms: Casa Caponetti in Tuscani, Italy, Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, New York, and Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine. At Casa Caponetti, Lorenzo Caponetti combines farming with hospitality, direct sales and the management of archaeological ruins within a natural conservancy. Adding a restaurant and Bed and Breakfast to his farm increased the work load, but paid off by diversifying the farm, producing income and an outlet for farm product. Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni will then share their extensive experience with barn dances, house concerts, and farm-based music festivals in New York and Maine, exploring what has worked and what hasn't, how to budget, how to plan and how to get people in the door.

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Lorenzo Caponetti

Completely self taught, Lorenzo has worked on the Casa Caponetti Farm since his family purchased the land in 1992, and has worked to cultivate and promote the Casa Caponetti Olive Oil brand around the world. He has also designed and built many of the structures on the grounds, along with developing a crop rotation system used to maintain a sustaina... Read More →
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Edith Gawler

Edith Gawler grew up in Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band.  She plays fiddle, banjo and upright bass, and belts out songs in a rich sonorous alto. Not long ago, Edith finished her architectural thesis at Syracuse University, which looks to draw on the principles of the local sustainable food movement as a model for a new architecture... Read More →
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Bennett Konesni

Bennett Konesni is a farmer/musician who owns Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine.  He has spent 20 years using worksongs on farms and at sea, in over a dozen countries, and he curates www.worksongs.org to share songs and how-tos. He is also the co-founder and chief ambassador of Sy... Read More →

Thursday December 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
East Haybarn