Join us for a half-day conference on diversifying agriculture in your community. We will cover many basic topics to help farmers take the first step towards encouraging tourism on their farms. A vendor room will be provided to offer helpful products and information on insurance, financing, marketing tools and grants. This event is free to attend, so register today!
Location: B&D Acres, 3121 Huntingdon Furnace Road, Tyrone, PA 16686.
You will hear from Keynote Speakers:
- Randy White, CEO and co-owner of White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group in Kansas City, MO.
- Larry Davis, owner of Davis Farmland and Davis Mega Farm Festival, in Sterling, MA.
Other speakers include representatives from the following agencies:
- Huntingdon County Business & Industry
- Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau
- Penn State Cooperative Extension
- United States Department of Agriculture
- PA Farm Bureau
Current Agritourism Businesses from our area who will be speaking include:
- Terrace Mountain Alpacas
- Gillbrook Farms, Horsepower Farm
- Brookmere Winery & Vineyard Inn
- Evergreen Farms Cabin & Cottage Rentals
You will have the opportunity to converse with the following vendors throughout the day:
- United States Department of Agriculture
- Huntingdon County Conservation District
- Nationwide Insurance
- Brown & Walters Insurance Agency
Refreshments will be provided by Top’s Diner & Catering.
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- 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