Teaching AgriTourism to Direct Farm Marketers
Jane Eckert is CEO of Eckert AgriMarketing, a firm specializing in providing marketing resources and consultation to farms, wineries and ranches involved agritourism and direct farm marketing.
An Agritour of Alaska!
Explore the 49th State From the Inside, Out!
June 10-21, 2016
This is not the coastal cruise your friends have taken—we are going inland Alaska to explore the fields, farms, fauna and flora, where 20 hours of sunshine can result in 90 lb cabbages!
Of course, we travel by rail to see Mt. McKinley, the Denali National Park, and we'll take a cruise out to see the glaciers in Prince Williams Sound.
But we'll also visit the Mat-Su Valley, home of 75% of the state's agriculture output. We'll visit one of the largest commercial greenhouse nurseries in the state, and enjoy gourmet dining on locally grown organics, along with Alaskan favorites like fresh catch salmon.
Our farm tours will include dairy, bison, and musk ox farms, along with a number of organic farms and nurseries. Presentations will include the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, the Denali Education Center, and the Eielson Visitors Center, which is located at mile 66 on the park road.
The Alaska Railway will take us from Anchorage to the Whittier harbor on Prince William Sound for a cruise to visit the glaciers "up close and personal." Later, we board the train a second time to travel from the Knik River Lodge up to Denali.
This is one of the most scenic train rides in the world, and our guests have the option to upgrade to the GoldStar Service, which includes meals and travel in a dome topped car.
Please read through our complete travel itinerary today and complete your reservations. Due to the unique nature of this tour, we will not be able to schedule a second tour group, and you don't want to be left out!
Jane Eckert Chosen as YWCA Leader of Distinction
We are pleased to announce that Jane was chosen by YWCA Metro St. Louis as one of 9 Leaders of Distinction to be honored at the 33rd annual Leader Lunch in December and recognized by the approximately 1,000 guests in attendance.
Leader Lunch is the area’s premier event honoring women for their achievements in the work-place and the community. The women named to the Academy of Leaders are the role models who are empowering women and working every day to eliminate racism. In other words, these women personify the YWCA mission. For more information.
Rudy Maxa, The Savvy Traveler, On Agritourism
Jane was recently a guest on Rudy Maxa's World, talking briefly about Agritourism in North America. Rudy Maxa, aka "The Savvy Traveler," is one of America's premier consumer travel experts whose writings and radio and television shows have helped save thousands of travelers time and money.
A former Washington Post reporter, he is a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler and Delta Air Lines' Sky magazine. His nearly 100 public television episodes on the great destinations of the world have numerous awards including several Emmy Awards. His weekend radio show, "Rudy Maxa's World," is the country's most widely syndicated travel talk radio show.
Click here to listen to the interview. (Jane's segment begins at 5:09)
India Publication Picks Up on Agritourism
I recently met Dr. Subramaniam, an entomologist/agri-biotechnologist for Jain Irragation Systems Limited, an agriculture based company in Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India. He was in St. Louis for an ag conference and called me. I gave him a tour of two of the Eckert Farms locations here in St. Louis, and asked him how he learned of my agrimarketing consulting business.
From his pocket, he produced this article which appeared in the May 16 issue of an Indian ag publication called Agro One. His boss gave him the article and told him he needed to meet me, as Jain has an agritourism component to their business as well. I'm told that this headline reads "A Revolution by an American Lady in Agri Tourism."
Agritourism Keynotes, Workshops & Breakout Sessions
Jane draws from an extensive range of first hand experience and knowledge to teach the marketing and tourism skills that help farms successfully transition to retail enterprises. Her presentations are punctuated by graphic illustrations and photographs that document the right way, and the wrong way, to grow the family farm business. Audiences eagerly participate and develop quick ownership of the new skills they learn.
A sixth generation farmer's daughter with a degree in business and more than 25 years of marketing experience, Jane has published six books on agritourism and agrimarketing, and has been featured in USA Today, Time, and This Week In Agribusiness on RFD-TV, among hundreds of media interviews and appearances. Jane has received numerous awards for her dedication to preserving the world's farms through agritourism and direct marketing, a passion that will quickly ignite your audience members to grow their personal farm businesses.