Agricultural tourism, or agritourism, is one alternative for improving the incomes and potential economic viability of small farms and rural communities. Some forms of agritourism enterprises are well developed in California, including fairs and festivals. Other possibilities still offer potential for development.
The California Agritourism Database provides visitors and potential enterpreneurs with information about existing agritourism locations throughout the state.
Researchers from UC Cooperative Extension and the UC Small Farm Program conducted California's first statewide economic survey of agritourism operators in 2009. Early findings are now available.
This series of useful articles about "Agritourism enterprises on your farm or ranch" are written by the same UC Cooperative Extension authors as the book Agritourism and Nature Tourism in California.
The article "New farm stand regulations expand options" explores AB 2168 which took effect in 2009.
These research briefs from the Small Farm Center are based on a 2004-2005 survey of residents in Yolo and Sacramento Counties, to examine consumer trends and agritourism.
Each of these publications is available for sale through the Small Farm Center. Click on each title for more information or view all publications.