It's been a while since we had a chance to chat but that is a sign of fall, I start to get lazy and busy all at the same time.
We've completed work on the Harvest House and are now ready for some indoor classes and retreats. Please let us know if you would like to have a great place for a meeting, private class, or day long retreat for your business associates (groups of 45 or less please).
We were lucky enough to get a grant from the Division of Tourism and Department of Commerce for funding to help us complete this infrastructure. Thanks to them we are well insulated and finished and ready for the 2008 season. A great big thanks needs to go to the Towner County EDC who sponsored this grant application for us and helped us receive the funding. We hope to say thank you to them in a very special way this winter some time.
Deer season is coming and our house will fill with visitors from around the country. We will have our usual family gathering of Barry's family and mine from Tennessee, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Carolina. Every bed will be full and the house will ring with laughter - AAAGGHHH, just the way I like it.
After deer season I'll start working on the class schedule and marketing for next year. There's plenty to do in the winter - finish up grant reports from the summer's work, send thank-you's to our wholesale customers and try to make some contacts for the next year, design and get printed the new marketing materials and of course, special projects.
This winter I would love to learn more about Letter Boxing and Geocaching. They both are take-offs of a traditional scavenger hunt. I really enjoy scavenger hunts. It will be quite the learning curve to get into either one of these but I think it would be great fun to have some hidden treasures around the farm for our guests to find. Hopefully it would also bring in some new visitors.
Here's wishing all of you a very safe hunting season and a happy Thanksgiving.
Bye for now