Agritourism is the business of establishing farms as destinations for education, recreation, and the purchase of farm products. Agritourism gives visitors the opportunity to connect with the working landscape and the "farm experience" and creates an additional source of revenue for the host farm.
The University of Vermont (in cooperation with Utah State University) is working on a three-year study to assist farmers and ranchers in developing resources to increase success with direct sales and agritourism. Both universities would welcome participation from Utah farmers and ranchers.
If you have visitors on your farm, ranch, vineyard, or fishery, you are invited to take part in a national survey about agritourism and direct sales. Whether you have a farmstand, U-pick, CSA, tastings, school field trips, events, tours, hunting, overnight stays, or open your farm to the public in any other ways, your experiences are important. This survey is confidential and should take about 10 minutes to complete. Results will be used to develop tools and resources for farmers. The survey will close January 31. Questions can be directed to Kynda Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey can be found at www.tinyurl.com/agritourismsurvey.