Agritourism is not new to the United States nor Australia, which is interesting in that both of these countries are now compared to the rest of the world. Young in age they may be, but the U.S. and Australians have used their ranches as effective tourism money makers, where visitors can visit a dude ranch and participate in the ranch duties from cattle round ups to stable chores. This attractive and exciting vacation interest has been very successful in both parts of the beef eating world. It provides urban and small town residents opportunities to live the cowboy life of sunrise, sunset, campfires and trail riding. The aspects of barbecues and hay rides aren’t disappointing, either.
Europeans are taking an interest in agritourism now that the economy of the world dictates that every enterprise can use a financial shot in the arm. Turning a dairy farm into a quaint bed and breakfast is not a monumental task but can bring about a good increase in the farm’s yearly income. The herding of sheep and the shearing work interests many city dwellers who enjoy seeing where their woolen sweaters are, if not born, then certainly conceived.
Men, women and teens all enjoy agritourism, although small children are more of a distraction to the package and better as participants when school aged. Farms and ranches use equipment that interests many who appreciate machinery and the ways utilized, as well. Even the products derived from the manure composts of sheep and cattle ranches or dairy farms have a necessary place in economy and there is much to be learned from how our food is grown, cared for, groomed and slaughtered or harvested, and where the husks, seeds, stems or skin, bone and waste are of value.
The increase in agritourism is more than a money making diversion and outlet for curiosity. It is a back to nature self-education that does more to benefit green living and the fight against pollution than any political speech from paneled rooms. By learning where and how food ends up on the plate, even young children develop appreciation for all the hands who helped put it there, and how much Mother Nature affects everything we eat and should be protected from harm.
Agritourisn is the best form of appreciation building, education making and awareness raising that also presents excellent income for those operating it.