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Opening Your Farm to Visitors and Controlling for Liability
From farm dinners to CSA pick-ups, and from Airbnb to educational programs, you might open your farm to friends, neighbors, and even tourists. As you welcome visitors to your farm, you need to be ready to handle the myriad of risks that they bring with them. Join us to receive practical advice from an agritourism expert, an insurance agent, and an attorney. Each will provide you with tools to prepare for the worst and enjoy the best.

Mar 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lisa Chase
Agritourism Expert @University of Vermont
Lisa Chase is the natural resources specialist at University of Vermont Extension, where she focuses on the intersection between environmental management, food systems and community development. As the director of the Vermont Tourism Research Center, Lisa emphasizes tourism and recreation in her programming. Current programs include agricultural and culinary tourism, recreation on public and private woodlands, and sustainable food systems.
Stuart Farnham
Vice President of Farm Sales @Frazer Insurance Agency
Stuart Farnham is VP of Farm Sales for Frazer Insurance Agency. Previous to joining the company in 2009 he was a Quality Manager for 16 years in the manufacturing field. Working closely with Food and Beverage Manufacturers, Medical Device Manufacturers and Aluminum Can Manufacturing. He has been Certified as Lead Auditor, Certified in HACCP and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. After joining Frazer Insurance Agency, he was the first insurance agent in Vermont and one of only 22 in the US to become an Elite Farm Certified Agent by Nationwide Agribusiness. In 2017 he was Certified as a FSMA;PCQI Trainer for Food Safety to keep up with Food Manufacturing requirements. He has been helping farmers with their Agritourism needs as it relates with insurance for over 11 years.
Mary Rose Scozzafava
Attorney @Conservation Law Foundation
Mary Rose Scozzafava, Esq., is a former partner from Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr interested in sustainable agriculture and local food systems. Currently, she is board member and clerk of LexFarm, an organically certified community farm in Lexington, MA.