Agriculture Tourism Project
Working with University Tourism Center, educational tours were given of farms, ranches, gardens and forests throughout the Central Region.
The campus connection was with the Tourism Center, University of Minnesota Extension Service. The Tourism Center first proposed the concept to the Sustainable Partnership, prepared the funding applications, and has provided the statewide perspective on agri-tourism. The local connection was with the University of Minnesota Extension Service-Hubbard Count, which provided the local organizing of the farmers and has helped negotiate the agreements enabling the farmers to work together. The producers chose to be included in the project. The producers determined all aspects of their individual farm tours including: day/time available for tours; itinerary of the tour; fees tobe charged or not charged; information to be given to visitors.
- Tours of selected ranches and farming operations.
- Marketing and promotion of these farm tours through signage and advertising.
The project provided an opportunity for non-farm residents to learn more about agriculture as it is being practiced in the local area. It has provided an opportunity for a dialogue between farm and non-farm residents about agricultural practices, and it has shown farm and non-farm residents the potential for an alternative business opportunity attracting a niche market of interest.
$8,210 from the CRSDP
- Best Forest Management Practices (in-kind) $1,000.00
- BK Ranch (in-kind) $1,000.00
- Gartner Dairy Farm (in-kind) $1,000.00
- Tourism Center (in-kind) $5,000.00
- MidHeaven Organic Vegetable and Soup Farm (in-kind) $1,000.00
- Minnesota Department of Tourism $5,000.00
- Rehm Sheep Farm (In-Kind) $1,000.00
- University of MN Extension Faculty (in-kind) $1,000.00