addition to being of interest themselves, many of the following sites include
listings of links to other web pages for businesses or services in the agtourism
industry. For web pages featuring visitor attractions in Kona, see the "Gifts
from the Land" map that includes a list of local destinations relating
2004 publication"Hawaii Agtourism 2003" from the Hawaii Agricultural
Statistics Service reports that the number of Hawaii farms with agtourism
attractions increased by 50% from 2000 to 2003, and gross revenue from agtourism
activities during the same time period rose from $26 million to $34 million.
In addition, in 2000, 84 farms had intended to enter agtourism; by 2003, 145
farms reported that they would be starting agtourism enterprises. For more
information, see http://www.nass.usda.gov/hi/speccrop/agtour.htm.
Kona Coffee Country (http://www.kona-coffee-country.com/kona.htm) provides
some useful information about the Kona coffee region
- The Hawaii
Coffee Association (http://hawaiicoffeeassoc.org) represents many members
of the Hawaii Coffee industry, with a focus on marketing. Its primary objectives
are to increase the consumption of Hawaii coffee within the State and export
from the State. The site also provides coffee farming information.
- The Hawaii
Bed and Breakfasts (http://www.the-b-and-b-registry.com/usa/hawaii/) This
easy-to-use site lists many Hawaii B&Bs with extensive information about
each. Not all are agtourism B&Bs, but most are at least in rural locations.
Agricultural Gateway is primarily a Hawaii agriculture website, but it does
list a few highly-commercial
Agricultural Visitor Attractions (http://www.hawaiiag.org/12.htm) in the
State, including some contact information but no website links. Not a very
Small Farm Center of the University of California at Davis has just published
Agritourism and Nature Tourism in California, a workbook that arose
during a brainstorming session among farmers, tourism officials, university
advisors, specialists and other community support groups. Find it at http://www.sfc.ucdavis.edu/docs/agritourhandbook.html.
Fact Sheets from the Small Farm Center: The Small
Farm Center web site now features an enhanced agtourism section containing
practical fact sheets for farmers and ranchers considering agtourism and nature-tourism
enterprises. Located online at http://www.sfc.ucdavis.edu/agritourism/factsheets.html,
the updated pages include detailed information about the California Agricultural
Homestay Bill (AB 1258) which paved the way for more farmers and ranchers
to offer overnight visits. Fact sheet titles include:
Farm and Ranch Tours
and Risk Management
Your Preferences, Options and Goals
Value and Personalizing Your Services
a Business Plan
A to Z: Potential Enterprises for Agricultural and Nature Tourism
Equals the Four Ps
for Building Marketing and Community Partnerships
Marketing Ideas for Agtourism Operations
- One of the Hawaii Agtourism
Workshop's sponsors, Western SARE (http://ext.usu.edu/wsare/)
is a USDA organization focusing on helping to make farms in the western states
economically viable and socially and environmentally responsible.
- Michigan State University's
National Database of Extension
Tourism Materials (www.msue.msu.edu/msue/imp/modtd/mastertd.html).
- Montana State University's
Programs website (http://www.montana.edu/wwwcommd/). (Choose the "tourism"
- University of Arizona,
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Cooperative
Extension website (http.//ag.arizona.edu/AREC/ext/exthome.html) and U
of A's Direct
Farm Marketing and Tourism Handbook (http://ag.arizona.edu/AREC/dmkt/tabcontents.html).
- University of California's
Small Farm Center website
(http.//www.sfc.ucdavis.edu/). This site includes links to agricultural
tourism websites and resources.
- University of Minnesota
Cooperative Extension Service Community Resources
and Tourism (http://www.extension.umn.edu/Community/).
- Western Rural Development
Center Publications (http://www.orst.edu/dept/WRDC/editor.html).
A number of publications are listed under "Tourism."
- The Northeast Regional
Center for Rural Development: The Proceedings from the
National Extension Tourism Conference (http://www.cas.nercrd.psu.edu/)
California Tourism Research (http://gocalif.ca.gov/research/tlkngpts.html)
at the California Department of Trade and Commerce, California Division of
Tourism. A good source of tourism information for the state.
site of the highly-successful
Napa Valley Mustard Festival (http://mustardfestival.org/), founded by
George Rothwell, keynote speaker at the Agtourism Workshop August 6, 1999.
Farm Vacation Association (http://www.pafarmstay.com/). This site lists
farms that are members of the Pennsylvania Farm Vacation Association and includes
a map and farm index, a list of dos and don'ts for farm vacationers, and links
to other sites.
Agri-Tours Ltd (http://www.agri-tours.com/). A company that arranges agriculturally-oriented
tours throughout the United States.
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European Centre for Eco Agro Tourism (http://www.pz.nl/eceat/). This organization
has listing for over 900 organic and low input farms in 19 European countries,
where visitors can either camp ro stay in a farmhouse. Most of the participating
farms also sell their guests meals or organiz produce on request. Information
on purchasing country guides is listed on their website.
Farm Holiday Bureau (UK) Ltd (http://www.farm-holidays.co.uk/). A network
of over 1,000 farms providing bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodations
in the UK. The site is organized regionally, and lists summary information
on the participating farms, including Web pages for some of the farms.
This organization plans and organizes ag-related tours throughout New Zealand
and offers the visitor information on the country's leading farms, research
establishments, agribusiness, orchards and forests.