Learn the in’s and out’s of agritourism

A lot of small farms are getting involved in agritourism to boost the bottomline.

But, there are a lot of things to consider before you dive in. Significant hurdles have arisen for agritourism over the years — including insurance liability issues and land use problems.

The Oregon State Small Farms Program will present Agritourism 101, a free presentation on the in’s and out’s of agritourism, March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at MPFS Youth Farm
4320 Winema Place Northeast, Salem. It will be presented by Extension agritourism agent Mary Stewart.

The program is free. For more information and to register, go to the program website.

The 2012 Census of Agriculture — the most recent available — reported an income of over $15 million from agritourism in Washington state, and Idaho had just over $5 million. Oregon brought in over $10 million, and California topped them all with nearly $38 million in agritourism income.

Nationally, the sector makes up 3.8 percent of agricultural income, based on the 2012 census, which reported over $704 million in agritourism income across the U.S.