Farms — trendy tourism?

Family vacation spots run the gamut from resorts, amusement parks, national landmarks and now … farms?
Agritourism, as defined by Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, is "the practice of touring agricultural areas to see farms and often to participate in farm activities." It’s a unique intermix of culinary, ecotourism and educational experiences. “It’s a sensational option for families with children of all ages, as it offers a true hands-on opportunity to explore working farms and ranches,” said Julie Bielenberg in her SheKnows article. Agritourism Examples
  • Seasonal attractions: pumpkin farms, tree farms
  • Food-processing facilities: honey, jam making
  • Ranch operations: milk a cow, lasso a bull
  • Vineyards
Agritourism is a beneficial concept for the agriculture industry, as noted in a BusinessWorld online story: “Farming today isn’t just about growing and harvesting crops. For an increasing number of farm entrepreneurs, it is also about cultivating and harvesting urban visitors, schools and other groups and tourists (local and foreign) all wanting unique rural and agricultural lifestyle experiences for which they will gladly pay.” Agritourism Benefits
  • Generates additional revenue for local businesses and services
  • Upgrades/revitalizes community facilities for residents and visitors
  • Increases protection of rural landscapes and natural environments
  • Preserves/revitalizes local traditions; promoting inter-regional, inter-cultural communication and understanding
  • Promotes the ongoing use of local agricultural products and services
  • Diversifies and strengthens the rural economy via job and income creation Provides a more energetic business environment for attracting other businesses and small industries to a community
The overarching benefit? Increasing awareness of agricultural issues and values among the public. Have you experienced an ag-related getaway? If you own a farm or a ranch, have people asked to experience your property? Photo obtained from:


The Dairy Mom said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. My husband and I own a dairy farm in Northeast Ohio and this year we started an agritourism venture on our farm. We offer school/group tours and parties by appointment and have 10 "Open Farm Days" on Saturdays when we're open to visitors from 10am-5pm. It's been a good experience so far and we hope to grow our number of visitors each year. Check out our website at

Alice Wonder said...

I also loved reading this.I think we all must take interest in farming.It gives a nice feeling.So if you all have space in your garden do try small farming..

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