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How to Start a Corn MAze - Free Resources to Help get Started

How to Start a Corn Maze: Resources

Are you interested in starting a corn maze operation?  Or you are looking for information to help manage your operation better? The information below ought to be of great value to you!

Here are some of the U-pick-specific resources I've found on the internet:

Companies that sell maze designs and/or GPS maze-cutting software

  • The Maize - from their website:
    Email: brett@cornfieldmaze.com or Email: kamille@cornfieldmaze.com. We provide 1. A custom design for your maze
    2. Access to our "cutting team" or a video that trains you how to cut the maze yourself
    3. Your own web page on www.cornfieldmaze.com (13+ million hits annually)
    4. Territorial rights (The MAiZE cannot compete in your area)
    5. Shared knowledge & networking with other MAiZE owners (access to online chat room)
    6. Access to elementary curriculum materials for field trip program
    7. Invitation to annual MAiZE conference with other site owners
    8. Monthly updates and annual newsletter/survey results
    9. Potential funds/materials from any national sponsorship that are secured
    10. The MAiZE LLC Training Guide containing valuable information, such as:
    site selection tips, budget, maze creation techniques, farming techniques, operational logistics, legal/liability information, recommended layout of facilities, strategic marketing plan, samples of marketing materials, employee training guide, contact list (i.e., suppliers, media, souvenir vendors), and calendar of operations
    11. PPlus…
  • Martens Farms - from their website:
    Email: info@123farmworks.com. Maze Design Kits - Do-It-Yourself Professional Mazes For Farmers, Agri-Tourism Consultants, and Agri-Businesses. With the right combination of software, hardware and GPS you can create your own professional corn maze and save time and money. The Martens Farms Maze Design Kit enables you to make mazes in cornfields, wildflowers, bamboo or other crops as well as with hedges, straw bales, fences, walls and more. Martens Farms also provides individual assistance to help you use the system to create your first maze. Software, GPS Receiver and Training to Create Your Own Cornfield Mazes. The Martens Farms Corn Maze Design Kits include everything you need to design and create mazes from corn fields - or any type of field for that matter. With these systems you can draw, trace or import your desired maze design, then use the included GPS receiver to cut that design out of your corn field or mark the paths to create. We can also help you assemble your own custom maze toolkit by adding to precision farming equipment you already own.
  • Maze Play -
    Email: chayce@mazeplay.com or shawn@mazeplay.com. They say "We provide some of the best and most accurate gps designs in the business. We use the latest GPS technology to get a maze design in your field. We offer a total service package from maze design and creation all the way to us coming on site to put the design in your field. When we are finished you will have a maze up and ready to go for the season. Through business coaching, a comprehensive maze manual we are there to help you every step of the way to making your business a success! We believe in the design and the fun of the corn maze, and specifically design our mazes to be more challenging and more fun. We also incorporate our best selling Farm Scene Investigation game into our design, so people get more than just a walk through the corn. We have competitive prices and offer a year to year contract. We keep our customers by keeping them happy and providing a great value."
  • Precision Mazes - from their website:
    Contact form: click here. Corn Maze Cutting Utilizing GPS Technology.
    * Skilled use of technology in every corn maze detail
    * No commission or long-term corn maze contracts
    * Major time savings over building your own corn mazes
    * Utmost professionalism with every corn maze we build
    If you're looking to develop an exciting and profitable attraction in your area, a corn maze just might be the right move. And if you choose that path, your next move should be using Precision Mazes for that corn maze. With completely customized services, incredible attention to every corn maze design and build detail, and the latest in satellite technology at our fingertips, Precision Mazes is ready to help make your cornfield maze a complete success.
  • The Corn Maze Guy- from their website:
    Email: Don@thecornmazeguy.com. Affordable Corn Maze Designs since 1989. Expanded Service Area Includes:PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, CT, OH, VT, NH, ME, VA, WV, MA, NC. Newtown Graphics designs corn mazes at very reasonable cost. Unlike the $5,000 to $10,000 many maze designers charge, most of our mazes are under $1,900. For current customers, we are now using a GPS design system that eliminates the need to place stakes in your field. No more long hours measuring and placing stakes. About Our Service:
    All we need to provide you with a quote is the location of your field and the planned size of your maze. There are no additional charges later.

How to start a corn maze or other gri-entertainment operation

Supplies and management services

  • Water Management and crop enhancements  - M&D Enterprises has a water management program which they say will increase the efficiency of water. Reduce runoff which will reduce erosion, increase effectiveness of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, elimination of dry spots on lawns, pastures, crop fields, and alfalfa. Seed treatment for germination and root growth. A liquid micronutritional fertilizer supplement to help maximize crop yield.
  • Looking for crates or bins to ship your pumpkins? 
  • This company (not affiliated with us) sells them.
  • http://www.montepkg.com/shop.asp?CatAbbr=BB
  • http://www.creative-cardboard-boxes.com/large-cardboard-box.html

Growing Tips for Corn Mazes

Farmer's Organizations:

More research for farmers

Newsletters

Michigan State University Fruit Crop Advisory Team (CAT) alerts

Publications, Factsheets, Infosheets

 

Organizations in the states and Canadian provinces that are interested in berries, small fruit, etc.

General - United States

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association
Michigan State Horticultural Society
Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
New England Produce Council
Northwest Horticultural Council
Texas Produce Association
United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association
Washington State Horticultural Association

General - International

Canadian Horticulture Council
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Fruit Growers Society of Alberta
Histoire naturelle des fraisiers

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association
Ontario Produce Marketing Association
Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Ltd.

Resources

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (USDA)

Cornell Fruit Resources - Your gateway to information at Cornell University, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station & related programs.

http://www.hightunnels.org -- This website is part of a USDA-sponsored project that is testing and promoting high tunnel systems in the Central Great Plains.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service http://www.attra.ncat.org/horticultural.html

New England Small Farm Institute -- A private non-profit organization supporting beginning farmers and sustainable small scale agriculture throughout New England.

Pesticide.net

The Rodale Institute

Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium

The California Strawberry Commission

 

 

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