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Does Hosting Weddings Count As Agriculture? One State Says No

Paul Goeringer

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

This post should not be construed as legal advice (or marriage counseling)

            According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, Maryland had 307 farms reporting income from agritourism operations.  These activities can include everything from corn mazes, petting zoos, u-pick, hayrides, facilities for weddings, etc.  The question can often arise: should all agritourism activities on the farm be considered agriculture?  For example, if you put in facilities to hold outdoor concerts on your farm, is this still agriculture?  The answer to these questions can often be found in zoning ordinances as one Christmas tree producer in New Hampshire recently found out.

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