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Updated: March 10, 2021
By Ginger S. Myers

Agritourism

Agritourism refers to the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural, or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment, education, or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation. Agri-tourism is increasingly popular in farming communities near urban areas.

Explore Resources on Agritourism

Publications

  • Alternative Enterprises and Agritourism: Farming for Profit and Sustainability
    Natural Resources Conservation Service
    United States Department of Agriculture

    The Resource Manual contains 2,300 pages of reference material. The following topics include:
    • Assessing Natural Resources for Alternative Enterprises
    • Conservation Opportunities
    • Rural Tourism
    • Agritourism
    • Nature Tourism
    • Heritage and Cultural Tourism
    • Alternative Enterprises
    • Success Stories
    • Workshops
    • Trends and Data
    • Decision Making and Business Planning
    • Regulations and Legal Concerns
    • Liability Insurance
    • Marketing
    • and much more.
       
  • Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a New Agricultural Enterprise: Managing Risk (pdf)
    University of Delaware Cooperative Extension (2005).
     
  • Entertainment Farming and Agri-Tourism (IP109)
    ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture
    Katherine L. Adam, NCAT Agriculture Specialist, September 2004

    This publication discusses agri-entertainment? A highly consumer-focused type of agriculture, which may offer additional options for diversification and add stability to farm incomes. Farmers have invented a wide variety of ‘entertainment farming’ options. This publication divides them by category as Things to See, Things to Do and Things to Buy, and also discusses considerations of liability and accessibility.

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