2016 FFA National Convention Tours
FFA groups heading to the 2016 National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY: Do you want an opportunity to get out a stretch and take a break from driving on your way to Indianapolis? Are you tired of stopping at the same tours every year on your way to convention?
Skelly's Farm Market located in Janesville, Wisconsin (that's right near the Wisconsin/Illinois border) is offering special tours of our farm exclusively for FFA members. Since we are just 10 minutes from Interstate 90/39, we are right on the way for much of Wisconsin and almost everyone heading to convention from Minnesota, the Upper Peninsula, North Dakota, and much of South Dakota.
Skelly's Farm Market was a traditional production agriculture farm for nearly 150 years before it started growing produce in the early 1990s. Today, we have close to 100 acres of fresh produce that we grow, and we sell almost all of it directly to the final consumer through our on farm stand and our other local stands. We grow acres of strawberries in June, lots of sweet corn and other produce in the summer that we pick fresh everyday by hand, and in the fall we have pumpkins, two corn mazes covering over 15 acres, and many other agritourism activities. Not convinced yet? Did we mention the fresh apple cider donuts, warm apple crisp, or even tasty Wisconsin brats?
Normally, we do not offer tours with this type of behind the scenes look at our farm. But, we grew up in FFA and it helped us get to where we are today. We want to take the opportunity to show other FFA members just one way that they can succeed with agriculture. Depending on your available time, you will learn about our strawberry production, see the many different types of irrigation used in specialty agriculture, learn about how tourists and direct marketing are the selling focus for our business, and maybe even get lost in our Impossible Maze before you head back on your journey. Plus, Scott may also share about the business he started as an FFA member, Corn Mazes America, and show his GPS guided lawnmower.
$6 for farm tour including optional trip through the corn maze, time permitting
$5.00 for Wisconsin lunch of a brat, chips, and choice of soda, milk, or glass of apple cider
$1.75 farm snack of two Skelly donuts and choice of soda, milk, or glass of apple cider
(If a food option is not selected, tour members may purchase available bakery items and beverages separately)
Chaperones tour free, but meal costs still apply if chosen.
We require a $120 minimum for all tours. Chapters traveling in small groups are welcome to co-schedule with other chapters.
For more information or to schedule your group, call (608) 757-1200 or email email@example.com. Please specify that you are scheduling an FFA National Convention Tour (we would not want to give you the kindergarten tour!)