Agritourism on the Upswing in Madison County, Kentucky
Madison County couple Jessa and Nathan Turner were awarded $10,000 in startup funds when their operation was chosen as Best Agritourism Startup in the 2018 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The couple plans to build a certified kitchen and classroom.
The Turners own HomeGrown HideAways, a 100-acre agritourism enterprise located near Berea, Kentucky. The farm offers a range of activities, including agricultural workshops, festivals. Farm-to-table dinners feature eggs, fruit, mushrooms, and herbs harvested on the farm. The farm can also be booked for weddings, retreats, reunions, and fundraisers. And if you think Jessa's name sounds familiar, it's because she was the trade show coordinator for Southern SAWG's 2018 conference.
“The $10,000 provides seed money to get the ball rolling to design and build a certified kitchen and classroom,” said Jessa Turner, who owns and operates HomeGrown HideAways with her husband, Nathan. “My husband is a chef, and we grow food here on the farm, so it would allow us to do some value-added processing and provide meals when people come to visit.”
When Jessa attended Berea College, she wrote a business plan for her future farm.
“The farm dream came true; now we’re hoping this [kitchen/classroom building] will, too,” she said. “We’re the kind of stubborn people that will see this through. It’ll happen, dang it!”
Article published January 29, 2018 on Morning Ag Clips. Written by Chris Aldridge, Kentucky Agricultural News, Kentucky Department of Agriculture.