The Dirt on Agritourism2 min read
Agritourism may not be a term you’re familiar with, but if you’ve ever visited a farm, went apple picking, or stomped on grapes Lucy-style at a vineyard, you’ve experienced it.
Agritourism comes in many different forms—even stopping at a roadside produce stand can fall under the umbrella term—and it’s been a rapidly growing form of sustainable tourism. Generally speaking, agritourism is tourism that educates the public about agriculture and supports local farms, ranches, and any other type of agribusiness.
Have a bunch of kids you need to keep entertained? Take them on a farm tour where they can pick carrots, pet animals, go on a hayride, or even pick seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and string beans.
If you’re looking for a charming, romantic weekend getaway with your girlfriend, consider staying at a bed and breakfast, and enjoy a morning meal that features fresh eggs from the chickens out back.
Those who like to get their hands dirty can also sign up for a trip with a non-profit organization that connects people with a farm, where they can get free room and board in exchange for helping around the property.
Countries all around the world have been embracing agritourism. Here are some examples of Agritrips that will support local farmers and provide an awesome experience:
- Italy is a destination agritourists have been flocking to for years. It is, after all, one of the best places in the world for visiting vineyards and enjoying freshly made foods. Stay on a farm in Sicily, or learn how they make wine in Tuscany.
- Visit Spain for a stay in a casa rural – a “country house,” in the Spanish countryside. Learn how Spanish olive oil is produced or take part in the local customs of the surrounding village.
- Tea lovers will enjoy the tea plantation tours of Taiwan. You can also enjoy the accommodations at many of the smaller farms.
- Grenada is a unique Agritourism destination, due to its abundance of cocoa plantations and spice farms. Learn how nutmeg, cinnamon, and all kinds of exotic spices are harvested on this gorgeous Caribbean island.
These are only a few of the many places you can visit, both locally and internationally, so be sure to check out Agritourism World for more information!