What comes next for agritourism in Minnesota? University of Minnesota Extension hopes to gain insights from a survey targeting current and prospective producers in agritourism.
Agritourism – the intersection of agriculture and tourism – offers an ever-growing range of options to those seeking to open their farms and property to visitors.
“We really want to understand their needs and available resources,” says DeeDee LeMier, Extension educator in community economics and tourism.
Across Minnesota, agritourism is following both time-tested paths such as pick-your-own berries as well as innovations like yurt camping on farms. Food- and event-based agritourism like pizza farms and farmstead weddings are growing popular, too.
Resources and background on agritourism are available through a multi-agency effort underway in Minnesota. Strategizing on behalf of agritourism are: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Health, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Renewing the Countryside, and several entities within the University of Minnesota (Extension and its programs including Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Tourism Center, as well as Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health and Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture).