What is Agritourism?

When you think of Agritourism, what comes to mind? Perhaps a farm field or a small town with a farmer’s market, a family picking apples in New England, a small family farm in the heart of the American Midwest.

Agritourism is an umbrella term for any form of tourism that relies on the agricultural industry. Tourists travel to stay at a farmhouse, visit a farm, or attend an agricultural-themed event. Agritourism is the concept of taking in the environment of an agricultural or rural community to understand how that community functions concerning agriculture and agricultural life. Historically, it is closely tied to the development of the tourism industry in rural areas, with its roots in the European concept of rural tourism.

Agritourism is an increasingly popular trend in the United States that is growing worldwide. This trend is driven by the increasing awareness of the importance of getting out of the city for nature and country-side experiences. The term itself is derived from the French word “agri,” which means agriculture or farming.

The word “agritourism” derives from a combination of a Latin root meaning “agriculture” and a French word meaning “tourism.” Agritourism is a type of tourism that offers visitors the opportunity to experience the daily life of rural farm families. Among the benefits of agritourism are the opportunity to directly support rural communities with little tourism income, the opportunity to interact with rural families in a different setting than most tourists are accustomed to, and the opportunity to experience rural lifestyles in a way that is more natural than staying in a hotel or at a resort.

Agritourism aims to promote the experience of rural life while also supporting the local economy. The term often refers to activities that involve agriculture but can also include other rural pursuits like beekeeping, mushroom farming, goat cheese production, and (in the case of some vineyards) winemaking. Specific activities can vary a great deal-for example, a farmer might own a winery, a beekeeper may raise bees for pollination maybe with the help of package bees and bee hive frames, and a mushroom farm might host a variety of courses and workshops.

Agritourism is the growing trend of urban urbanites visiting farms, vineyards, farms, and other rural attractions. The purpose is to learn about the food grown there, the farming process, how it is made, and most importantly, the flavors and tastes of the food. Typically, the visitor will stay overnight at a farm or vineyard and enjoy the farm’s hospitality with their family and/or friends.

Is it just a buzzword? Or, is it an important part of cultivating local food systems? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place for it. Touring farms, processing plants, seeing the tools of the trade-all of these things help us better understand the food we eat. And, it’s important to stress that what we eat is more than just food. It is part of the cultural experience of the land.

Small farms and rural communities are often best known for their outstanding produce and meat, but they don’t need to limit themselves to these products. Some of the most gorgeous and interesting places in the world can be found in or just outside of communities that live off or around their land. Many of them are run by people who live full-time in the community and tend to their land and animals, and typically offer visitors a unique and informative way to learn about the world they live in.

Many people are drawn to the beauty of farms, ranches, food places, and more, drawn to the picturesque landscapes, the perfect landscapes that were drawn by architects. The ancient Greeks came up with a term that captures this beauty that is outside agriculture. They called it agritourism. Agritourism is essentially tourism on farms, ranches, food places, galleries, museums, etc.

So, agritourism is a class of tourism that incorporates agricultural tourism, domestic tourism, agro-tourism, and home-stay tourism. These kinds of tours help people focus on fresh food by taking them into actual farms, farms that grow food, or nearby farms. Since 2008, there have been several tourism programs that focus on the food industry. Every year, more and more people are starting to look for ways to eat locally and locally sourced foods.