Inviting the public to the farm is risky

As more farmers invite the public to on-farm events or sell farm-made products, they experience more risk, more regulations and need more insurance, experts say.Not knowing the law isn’t an excuse for not following it, notes Laura Fisher, education and outreach manager for Farm Commons, which specializes in legal issues regarding farmers. It is important to know what is covered under your insurance policy, she said. Some special-event farm activities may not be covered and you may need specific protection.

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