Huntingdon County Agritourism Mini-Grants
Huntingdon County Business & Industry is offering a grant opportunity to the residents of Huntingdon County who are looking to start or expand a business/farm/idea into the agritourism industry. Grant recipients will receive two half-day consultation sessions (a $2,500 value) at no cost with Randy White, CEO and co-founder of White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group. Randy is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on feasibility, brand development, design and production of experience destinations, including entertainment, eatertainment, edutainment, agritainment, and leisure facilities.
You can download the Grant Application, complete and return to the HCBI office (9136 William Penn Hwy, Huntingdon, PA 16652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than March 21, 2020 for consideration. Multiple grants will be awarded.
Agritourism Conference Follow-up
We are pleased to announce that the Huntingdon County Agritourism Conference was a huge success! There were over 100 people in attendance, representing different facets of farming and tourism throughout our area.
Here is a link to a video of the conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayVvA_pGZxk
Here is a link to the slides presented by our Keynote Speaker, Randy White, CEO and co-owner of White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group in Kansas City, MO. https://www.whitehutchinson.com/HCBIagritourism/
Organizations that can provide information and/or assistance in regards to agritourism.
- Huntingdon County Business & Industry
- Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau
- Penn State Cooperative Extension
- United States Department of Agriculture
- PA Farm Bureau
Businesses in our area who are actively involved in agritourism.
- Terrace Mountain Alpacas
- Gillbrook Farms
- Horsepower Farm
- Brookmere Winery & Vineyard Inn
- Evergreen Farms Cabin & Cottage Rentals
Agritourism- What is it?
Agritourism is a field that is growing in popularity as producers try to diversify and increase profits. Agritourism presents a unique opportunity to combine aspects of the tourism and agriculture industries to provide a number of financial, educational, and social benefits to tourists, producers, and communities. Agritourism gives producers an opportunity to generate additional income and an avenue for direct marketing to consumers. It enhances the tourism industry by increasing the volume of visitors to an area and the length of their stay. Agritourism also provides communities with the potential to increase their local tax bases and new employment opportunities. Additionally, agritourism provides educational opportunities to the public, helps to preserve agricultural lands, and allows states to develop business enterprises. While agritourism may create new potential revenue streams, it also presents new legal issues for farmers and landowners.
Simply stated, agritourism could be thought of as the crossroads of tourism and agriculture. Stated more technically, agritourism can be defined as a form of commercial enterprise that links agricultural production and/or processing with tourism in order to attract visitors onto a farm, ranch, or other agricultural business for the purposes of entertaining and/or educating the visitors and generating income for the farm, ranch, or business owner.
Regardless of the exact definition or terminology, any definition of agritourism should include the following four factors:
• combines the essential elements of the tourism and agriculture industries;
• attracts members of the public to visit agricultural operations;
• is designed to increase farm income; and
• provides recreation, entertainment, and/or educational experiences to visitors.
The term “agritourism” is often used interchangeably with “agri-tourism,” “agrotourism,” “farm tourism,” “agricultural tourism,” or “agritainment.”
Examples of Agritourism
Agritourism operations exist throughout the United States and the world. These operations range from small operations that operate on a seasonal basis and offer limited consumer services to large operations that operate throughout the year and provide numerous consumer services. Common examples of agritourism include:
• pumpkin picking patches
• corn mazes
• U-Pick operations
• petting and feeding zoos
• hay rides
• cut-your-own Christmas tree farms
• dude ranches
• demonstration farms
• agricultural museums
• living history farms
• on-farm farmers’ markets
• winery tours and wine tasting
• rural bed & breakfasts
• garden tours