That Time of The Season: Agritourism Explained

The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.

It's that time of year again! Happy first day of Fall. This time of year always gets me excited for fall activities like wine tasting, pumpkin patches, apple pickin' that leads to cider, and basically ANYTHING that has to do with a farm. I know what you're thinking...another Pumpkin Spice Latte crazy lady, but HOLD YOUR HORSES.

I'm hoping you all have the same holiday spirit, but do you know what all these things have in common? They're all part of Agritourism! This may very well be one of my favorite gems of the tourism chest because it is SO important for many aspects of sustainability. Let's get down in the dirt for this one.

By Marius Ciocirlan

Agriculture Meets Tourism

Agritourism could be thought of as the crossroads of tourism and agriculture OR form of commercial enterprise that links agricultural production and/or processing with tourism in order to attract visitors onto a farm, ranch, or other agricultural business for the purposes of entertaining and/or educating the visitors and generating income for the farm, ranch, or business owner.

So basically agritourism:

• combines the essential elements of the tourism and agriculture industries

• attracts members of the public to visit agricultural operations

• is designed to increase farm income

• provides recreation, entertainment, and/or educational experiences to visitors.

So Why Is Agritourism Important?

There's actually MANY reasons why. For starters, this allows many farmers to create a diverse income for themselves instead of only relying on their production. This comes in handy for farmers both near and far and urban and rural to incorporate sustainable tourism! It also gives a chance for farmers to connect with the public to rekindle the connection between people and the land.

Now a days, it seems like so many have become distanced from our food sources and the magic of what goes into creating such nutritious food! Agritourism is a powerful and fun way to educate people on food resources, the importance of top soil and carbon sequestration, sustainable farming practices, overall appreciation of produce and livestock care, and much much more! So y'all ready to get on the farm? We are!

By Annie Spratt

Did you know sustainable farming practices can greatly help with climate change? Check out Kiss The Ground on Netflix to find out why.

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