Agri-tourism falls into the same general category as eco-tourism, where the intention of the tourist is to gain a greater appreciation for a local culture or environment through non-invasive and sustainable activities, and the intention of the host community is to leverage tourism to supplement its main economic activities and help to preserve its social and environmental framework.
Agri-tourism is usually defined as “the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation to enjoy, be educated or be involved in activities” (according to the Iowa State University Agricultural Marketing Resource Center) or “a commercial enterprise at a working farm, ranch or agricultural plant conducted for the enjoyment or education of visitors, and that generates supplemental income for the owner” (according to the University of California Cooperative Extension).
Examples of agri-tourism activities include:
- Farm tours
- Day camps or guest ranches where visitors participate in some farming activities
- “U Pick” farms (popular in the US), where visitors pick their own fruits or vegetables for purchase
- Overnight or longer stays, either with host farm families or in lodging facilities operated by farming communities
- Farmers’ markets and roadside stands
- Farming- or harvest-related festivals and fairs
- Special events hosting in the farm setting, such as weddings
- Guided hunting and fishing expeditions
- Bukidnon, Benguet, Batangas eyed as agri-tourism sites (agritoursph.wordpress.com)
- Antonio Tiu: Yurmer! (agritoursph.wordpress.com)
- AgriTourism in Cascadia – “Foraging and Fermentations” (escapeyoureverydayblog.com)
- An Alpaca Farm, an Inn, and a Guitar Retailer Begin Their Email Marketing Journeys (community.constantcontact.com)
- Agritourism Aficionados: (mbagritourism.wordpress.com)