agritourism book's message and information
may be your farm's next step
In The New Agritourism: Hosting Community
and Tourists on Your Farm -- you'll find:
- Your farm
needs to be a real farm. It can thrive when agritourism is authentic
to your farm and your farm family. This agritourism book goes
deeper than describing cookie cutter surface "farm"
need to love what they do, and do what they know. Chapter-length
in depth profiles and direct voices of real farmers show how they
added agritourism, and are now thriving and loving their lifestyle.
Agritourism books, as this one does, need to show more than one
way and more than one viewpoint, and to give farmers choices.
You may be surprised at what farmers are doing!
- You'll find
innovative and quite pleasant, natural ways to generate agritourism
customers who love your farm and become faithful to its products.
- You'll discover
you can start small. Agritourism books, as this one does, need
to show how farmers test the waters with a small friendly group
and perhaps only a couple of hours once a year, then grow from
there if they desire.
- You'll discover
a gold mine of customers in your own community you may not have
thought of. As agribusiness books must do, this one makes you
aware of deep-rooted trends that have recently arrived or are
on the horizon, and new customers in this century not available
to farms of the previous century, nor spoken of in past farming
- You'll find
sources for specific, often free mentoring pertaining to your
particular region and situation, including free farm business
advisors in your region, and agritourism books (pamphlets, booklets,
print-outs) for specific states.
- You'll read
the voices of other authorities -- attorneys, small business consultants,
and marketing experts. Agritourism books must serve farmers by
treating their farms as the businesses they really are, deserving
the best that all businesses reach for.
- You can
read a fascinating epilogue revealing worldwide agritourism insights
we can all learn from found only in this agritourism book, from
an eco-village in South Africa to Crete olive pressing to the
- You'll enjoy
professional B&W photography by the author, by Kipp Davis
- nationally acclaimed professional photographer, and from sources
around North America and the world.
by Dan Sullivan, senior editor at Rodale Institute and formerly
with Organic Gardening Magazine
- Also praised
and recommended by Brent Warner, British Columbia Ministry of
Agriculture, Gere Gettle, publisher of The Heirloom Gardener,
and HortIdeas Magazine
20th century industrial-era farming forget a major crop?
worldwide are discovering Agritourism.
From small herb
farms to large corn acreages, farmers are opening their enterprises
to non-farming citizens, sometimes even for just one weekend a year,
to greatly boost their revenue and generate citizen and government
respect and support for local farms.
But how is it done correctly? How do farmers remain genuine farmers
while benefiting from agritourism? What are the many ways agritourism
farms actually contribute to the reduction of fuel use. What are
other successful agritourism farmers doing to succeed
may be surprised!
This title takes
readers from the origins of new agritourism today, beyond general
cookie cutter varieties, and on to agritourism that is unique and
authentic to their own farms. It then shows how to focus and organize
the plan, keep it safe and legal, promote the enterprise, network
with the wider community, and continue to progress and stay prosperous
in the years to come. The voices of many real agritourism farmers,
from those who give tours to children, to farmers who add unique,
rustic tent B&Bs, are heard here. Further, this title deeply
profiles several very diverse agritourism working farms.
by the author and Kipp Davis, nationally acclaimed photographer
Dan Sullivan, senior editor at Rodale Institute and formerly with
Organic Gardening Magazine
Barbara Berst Adams: National feature writer, experienced eco-farmer,
hostess of the Center for the Micro Eco-Farming Movement, and author
of Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage
in Partnership with the Earth, praised and recommended by the
National Gardening Association, New Farm Magazine, Backhome
Magazine, Anna Lappe, co-author of New Diet for a Small Planet,
and William Dietrich, Pulitzer-prize winning environmental author.
is joining other earth and community regenerative trends such as
eco-travel and American Indian/First Nation/Native American culture
From this site,
you can also discover eco-travel to a jewel of the USA Pacific Northwest:
The fertile valleys, sea, mountains and emerald islands of Northwest
Washington State. Here you'll find models of restorative culture,
community, healing, and the beginnings of homegrown food independence
along with a rising Native American (American Indian) culture. The
author's home bio-region is in Washington State's beautiful San
Juan Islands surrounded by the Salish Sea, and Skagit Valley --
one of the most fertile valleys in the world. Here at home, we call
our location the Cascadia bio-region, and out segment of Cascadia
is called "Skagit River/Salish Sea."