Agri-tourism is defined as a set of activities that occurs when people link travel with the products, services, and experiences of agriculture. Examples of agri-tourism include, but are not limited to, farm stays, hay rides, wine trails, farm
tours, and farm festivals. Agri-tourism can increase farm revenue, lead to a more
diversified business, and stimulate local economies.
In 2009, the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, in partnership with Renewing
the Countryside, the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Minnesota Grown program of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture conducted a survey of Minnesota farms to learn about agri-tourism businesses, activities, and opportunities. The information gained from the survey is designed to help the University of Minnesota
Tourism Center and its partner organizations provide better educational and
marketing opportunities for agri-tourism in Minnesota.
Special thanks to Renewing the Countryside, the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA), the MN
Grown program of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Farmers’ Union, the Minnesota Farm Bureau,
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, the Land Stewardship Project, and the Minnesota Sustainable Farming Association.
Schuweiler, Andrea; Gustafson, Kent.
Minnesota Agri-tourism: Status and Interest.
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