agritourism

Year-round tasting room needs staff, space

An investment in year-round staff and expansion is paying off for Blake Farms in Armada, Michigan. Blake’s Orchard grows 45 different apple varieties on more than 500 acres and runs the Cider Mill and Tasting... more »

UF/IFAS to host Regional Agri-Tourism Conference

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension is hosting the 2017 Regional Agri-Tourism Conference on June 15 and 16. From 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 15, participants will visit... more »

Agritourism conference focuses on Ohio law

Whether it’s a corn maze, a zip line, a hayride or a pick-your-own operation, Ohio farm operators who offer agritourism attractions must be properly insured and have warning signs posted at each activity notifying visitors... more »

Registration open for California Regional Agritourism Summits

The University of California Small Farm Program and UC Cooperative Extension advisors in four California regions are working with local partners to organize Regional Agritourism Summits. The summits will be occasions for farmers, ranchers, county... more »

Farmers markets, farms use Pokemon Go to draw customers

Farmers markets and farm marketers are tapping into the Pokemon Go phenomenon to attract visitors and customers. The app has reached more than 30 million downloads in the U.S., and as many as 25 million... more »

Skelly’s Farm Market adapts smoothly to retail agriculture

A traditional Midwestern farm that raised 350 acres of field crops and milked 50 cows a day has successfully converted to a small vegetable growing and farm market business over the past 26 years. Skelly’s... more »

Ohio agritourism law provides clarity, protection

For 20 years, the Leeds Farm in Delaware County (Ohio) has opened its gates to thousands of visitors on autumn weekends for hayrides, zip lines, pig races, and other activities including a petting zoo with... more »

Best practices for choosing business structure

A poorly structured farm operation, including those that offer farm market and agritainment options but are not properly organized from a business perspective, is a sure recipe for disaster. Avoiding such risks is the basis... more »

2016 Midwest Agritourism Expo to offer free admission

The 2016 Midwest Agritourism Expo, being held on March 10, at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence, Michigan will be free for attendees. The expo, which runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., will... more »

Picking your own apples can be expensive – for orchards

At first glance, u-pick seems like a great deal for growers. Instead of paying people to pick your apples, they pay you? That's a no-brainer, right? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, the deal... more »


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