Cultivating Agritourism one-day workshop offered
The Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau, along with IFAS
Extension, University of Florida, Visit Florida and the Original Florida
Tourism Task Force, will be sponsoring a one-day workshop on
"Cultivating Agritourism-How Farmers, Ranchers and Tourism Professionals
Plant Seeds for Profit." from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8 at the Best
Western Gateway Grand, 200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville.
Agritourism is one of the oldest businesses turned into one of the
newest. Over the last several years, agritourism has become one of the
fastest growing segments of the tourism industry, providing unique
experiences for visitors.
In Alachua County, agritourist attractions include Marjorie Rawlings
State Historical Site at Cross Creek, Gainesville's Morningside Nature
Center, Dudley Farm Historic State Park and the Retirement Home for
Horses near Alachua.
Agritourism also spans across the area's U-Pick farms, produce stands,
and the weekly farmers' markets in downtown Gainesville, Haile
Plantation, Tioga Town Center, High Springs, and north Gainesville on US
441. It can include country gift shops, gardening classes and a vacation
where one stays overnight on a farm. In short, it can be anything that
brings patrons outside to enjoy a farm and its products.
In addition to creating a sense of community by giving farming families
an opportunity to share with their urban and suburban patrons a way of
life to which they have not previously been exposed, agritourism also
generates additional income for the farms, helping them remain
While the industry is not new, the same curiosity exists today that did
even as far back as the 1800s. Tourists are fascinated by the experience
of learning about food production, the farming lifestyle, the change of
scenery and the opportunity for recreation that a farm can offer.
Visit http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu for more information.
Kathleen W. Pagan, AICP, Senior Planner
(352) 374-5249 http://growth-management.alachua.fl.us/
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