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Developing a Corn Maze: Another Way to Save the Farm

EVERETT, Wash. — The next workshop in Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Farmer-to- Farmer series will explore what’s involved in developing a corn maze on the farm, including planning the design, development and maintenance.

The workshop will be held on Monday, Aug. 11, starting at 10 a.m. at Bob’s Corn, 10917 Elliot Road, Snohomish. Self-taught corn-maze master Bob Ricci will explain how his family’s annual corn maze is designed and built using just a few basic tools. He’ll also discuss liability issues in bringing people on the farm as well as insurance, marketing and managing crowds.

While many corn mazes are created by specialty design companies, sometimes costing up to $10,000 to install each year, Ricci designs and creates his maze without computers or GPS systems. In the seventeen years since Ricci created his first one, the maze at Bob’s Corn has become a major source of on-farm income for the entire Ricci family, helping them keep the farm intact and profitable.

All Farmer-to-Farmer events start at 10 a.m. Cost for each event is $15 per person. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, download the form and mail with your check, or call Karie Christensen at (425) 338-2400, e-mail klchristen@wsu.edu.

Directions to each event are available at here.

For more information on the series, contact Kate Halstead at (425) 357-6024 or e-mail khalstead@wsu.edu.

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Media Contacts

Kate Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 425-357-6024