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Some Farmers Use Agritourism To Improve Self-Sufficiency

June 29, 2011 by  

The agritourism industry is a way to improve self-sufficiency.With the economy continuing to struggle, Americans have been looking for additional ways to supplement their income. Some of those with farms have been turning to agritourism to give themselves a boost.

According to The New York Times, many farmers have been opening up their properties to tourists in order to protect their incomes and increase their self-sufficiency.

Jim Maguire operates a small dairy farm in California. He recently started a bed-and-breakfast, commonly known as a farm stay, on his property.

“The whole idea is to get the farm in a productive state so that it carries itself, so that it pays its own way,” Maguire told the news source. “The farm stay is an important economic portion of that.”

According to Maguire, the income from the two rooms he rents out is enough to pay for all of the feed for his animals.

Bed-and-breakfasts aren’t the only way that farmers have tapped into the agritourism industry, The Times reports. Many operate corn mazes and other attractions like petting zoos to help make themselves more self-sufficient.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2007 agritourism brought in an average of $24,300 for each household involved in the industry.

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  • s c

    More power to them! Whatever it takes to put food on the table and have a real job at the same time. And, they weren’t even elected!
    Lead the way, folks! You got it done sans promises from false posers in DC. If I ever needed proof that leadership starts at home, this is it.

  • Dan

    Gotta agree with you, SC. This is why 300 million people making their own decisions is far, far, far more workable than 535 people making the decisions for the rest of us.

  • eddie47d

    …and when visiting these farms you get all the corn you can eat. Come one come all!

  • Bob Marshall

    Dan, you hit it on the head. Government is always telling us what is best for us.

  • Macawma

    We have thought about this…we have a large cattle ranch in a very scenic part of the country. The only problem is we worry about how our insurance would change. We do have a good set up for a B&B, just worry that someone might trip over a cow pie and sue us. Of course we carry liability insurance, but in this day and age, with the ridiculous law suits people file on others trying to make an honest living, it does make one wonder if it would be worth it. You know the type of people I am talking about, people like eddie47d!

    • Walkamile

      You have them sign a waiver stating you are not responsible for injuries or stupidity of any kind. I am sure you can find info about on the internet. You could even go one further and state that if they damage or harm/kill without due cause anything on the farm, they are liable.

      This is a great idea! There are a lot of people you want to learn how to farm and handle animals and just don’t have the contacts to access the information. They have working ranches, but farming ranches? Awesome idea!

  • granny mae

    I’m with you sc what ever it takes ! God for them !


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