Agritourism is the intersection where agriculture and tourism meet; when a farm opens its doors to the public and invites visitors to enjoy their products and services. Examples of agritourism include u-pick, corn mazes, on-the-farm-weddings, roadside stands, hayrides, etc. There are also situations when a person buys a barn without farming and calls the location an agritourism operation.
Michigan farms are starting agritourism businesses as a method to remain profitable with low commodity prices or many farms enter the enterprise as urban sprawl encroaches among family farming operations.
Sometimes local government ordinances severely restrict these activities from occurring by enacting regulations regarding hours of operation, parking, building codes and in some cases, a strict prohibition of these activities on agriculturally zoned property.
Contact: Matthew Kapp | 517-679-5338 or Rebecca Park | 517-679-5346
MFB #10 Direct Farm Marketing & Agri-Tourism
MFB #79 Land Use