Mitchell Farms owner, Dennis Mitchell, discusses how they started and manage their agritourism operation. Mitchell Farms offers u-pick blueberries and vegetables and fresh-picked vegetables for sale. They also offer farm tours for children.
Owner Patrick Noonan talks about developing a zipline course on his property in 2008. Extensive training employees is a must to ensure a great safety record.
In 1985, the Dull's Family started their Christmas tree farm to diversify their farm income. They also offer Christmas decorations and wreaths for sale. They have added a bed and breakfast which often hosts group meetings.
Curry Farms in Louisiana opened in 1981 offering Christmas trees to the public. They have added corn mazes, climbing trees, and other agritourism activities.
Mitchell Farms opened in 2006 and has been in business for 5 years. Each year they add new features. Jo Lynn Mitchell discusses their marketing efforts and more.
Michael May, owner of Lazy Acres, talks about their Christmas tree farm and how they create a complete agritourism experience for their customers.
Agritourism may be any form of farm-based tourism operation that provides economic benefit to the farm owner(s) and provides on-farm entertainment, activity, or product for the visitor. This includes you-pick operations, petting zoos, corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches, dairy tours, and more! The links listed in this directory are references which will provide you with information about agritourism and how to manage an agritourism or agritainment business.
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Agritourism in Focus: A Guide for Tennessee Farmers (PDF)
University of Tennessee Extension Service
This 134-page detailed publication includes an introduction to agritourism, business planning, marketing, customer service, risk assessment and management, safety considerations, regulations, resources, and a personal evaluation.
Checklist for Starting a Value-Added Agriculture Enterprise (PDF)
NC State University
This checklist covers the areas to consider when researching the possibility of undertaking a value-added agricultural enterprise.
Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business (PDF)
Pennsylvania State University
When considering starting a new business, you should consider what you enjoy doing, researching all of the aspects of the business, how to obtain the funding, the time requirements involved, and researching available markets. This publications takes you through the steps you should take when starting or diversifying your business.
Nature-Based Tourism & Agritourism Trends: Unlimited Opportunities (PDF)
National Alternative Enterprises and Agritourism Leader, USDA/NRCS
This publication explains what agritourism is, what type of income opportunities exist in agritourism, tips for developing an agritourism business, a listing of places to get assistance, and a listing of funding sources.
Agri-tourism: A New Agricultural Business Enterprise (PDF)
LSU AgCenter Research & Extension
A brief overview of different types of agritourism begins this publication, with a quick history of agritourism from the 1800's. A list of suggested steps for planning your agri-tourism business and considerations before beginning an agritourism business is given. Additional references are listed at the end.