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alex Keenan
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My daughter and I have cooked together for many years. She attended culinary school and now works in the hospitality industry. We have cooked at outdoor charity events for a number of years. We have a few acres and have gardened and raised small livestock for decades.
We are now looking at the idea of a culinary farm.
This idea has been kicked around by us for a number of years.
So far it seems to fall into two forms.
1) Is having equipment and environment where people can do cooking related things that they may not be able to do at home. Think dutch ovens, bee hive baking oven, ceramic cookers, BBQ pits, etc. We have some camping areas close to us and there are companies that rent gear, so it may also be possible to rent out some of the portable items.
2) Is educational, there are classes offered within driving distance on many aspect of the culinary world. They range from canning to cheese making. Cooking classes are still popular. So there is also the educational aspect that is possible with a culinary farm.

I am posting this to get some feedback on what you would pay to learn in the culinary. Also, what would you want if you were considering renting a outdoor kitchen for a evening. I am close to a large city so urban and city residence would be my likely market.
 
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I would combine both the teaching and the eating so a farm / restraunt/ b+b/ camp site would work well .
Firstly you get top dollar for everything you sell the customers come to you
Secondly you dont have to spend time at the market waiting for customers
Thirdly good chance to get some free labour
Mixing the classes into quiet time legthems you holiday season evens out the work .
What's there not to like
I have actually seen this idea work in France
 
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Hearing this my first thought is large family gatherings like family reunions where several generations come together to prepare a meal.

Things I would be looking for if I were trying to organize this for my family to attend:

seating for enjoying a meal, picnic tables with some shade at a minimum

public access to restrooms on site

cooking equipment for the planned meal (appliances, large structures, counter space, potable running water)

An play area for children to run in (open field would work, just somewhere safe to send the kids if they're underfoot or need to burn off excess energy)

This is probably the bare bones minimum and isn't much (if at all) beyond what you'd find in most free public parks.

Value added things for this could be things like

growing ingredients on site and then having a guided tour where people harvest the ingredients for the planned meal themselves. This could be done both as part of a cooking class and as a separate service.

Premixed herb blends for recipes (Easy to put these in small containers with the farm logo) that can be sold for home use. Even dried my home grown herbs are so much fresher and more flavorful than what is available in supermarkets. I'm sure the same would be true for what you produce on the farm.


edit: David is probably much more in line with profitability than I am. My family's kind of outing is usually something like a hike at a public park. We're not really very good at being spending customers.



 
Tyler Ludens
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OMG I love this idea so much! I can imagine this going in all sorts of amazing directions!
 
alex Keenan
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There are some trends that would help flesh out this concept.

Websites that allow one to rent out their home or farm.
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

The concept of therapeutic gardening.
RESTORATIVE GARDEN DESIGN:Enhancing wellness through healing spaces
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/communities/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/communities/05-RESTORATIVE_GARDEN_DESIGN_Enhancing_wellness_through_healing_spaces.pdf

Cooking vacations or culinary experiences.
Great southern cooking and cuisine is part of the charm of South Carolina. On a cooking vacation to South Carolina, you’ll delight in the variety and diversity of South Carolina cuisine, from BBQ to Gullah favorites to Charleston’s world-famous she crab soup. The South Carolina traveler will discover and savor one incredible dining experience after another, from little out-of-the-way places and timeless roadside diners to elegant dining rooms and unforgettable oceanfront restaurants. No matter what your tastes, a South Carolina cooking vacation will leave you hungry for more. This is authentic southern cooking at its best!
http://www.epitourean.com/destination/47/s-carolina

The whole B&B industry
Regional differences of bed and breakfasts by country
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_and_breakfast

All of these could be related to this idea.
A big part of this is creating a experience that a customer would be able and willing to pay for that you can create/supply at a reasonable profit.
Who is the customer, what is the experience?
 
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