Colorado Embraces Agritourism

Colorado tourist organizations are joining forces with the state’s Department of Agriculture to expand potential tourism opportunities by embracing the new fad of agritourism.

Agritourism has a long history in the United States, but, according to various US Department of Agriculture studies, it is only in recent years that it has become a major part of the US farm economy, gradually transforming from a niche market to a much more major part of the economic landscape.

In addition to generating revenue, agritourism can help to cement the local connection between consumers and agricultural producers and can reinforce the importance of farming to local economies.

Colorado talks between farmers and agricultural/tourism officials have addressed ways that the state can help encourage agricultural tourism. The newly created tourism office program decided to emulate successful local agritourism efforts in Colorado, allowing tourists to pick produce, sheer sheep, tour wineries, etc., blending recreation and education.

“It’s not just corn mazes and pumpkin patches,” said Dan Hobbs, who runs a 30-acre family farm in Avondale. “This really represents a true retail opportunity for farmers. These are people who are coming to your operation.”

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer