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A Rough Outline
This is the beginning of an overlooked area of tourism on Wikitravel, which is funny considering it represents a worldwide phenomenon and a multi-billion dollar industry. Please help me add some actual content to this topic. Thanks! WineCountryInn 00:54, 14 January 2009 (EST)
In my first pass through this travel topic, I am scrounging the Internet for interesting primary source agritourism sites and museums. To avoid the appearance of "link spam," my second pass through will format with addresses, phone numbers, even directions if I can swing it. I'm adding descriptions wherever I can. I am trying to take a global perspective on what I link and write about, so that the article doesn't focus solely on North America. If you know of an interesting agritourism web site or museum, please add it to the article! WineCountryInn 16:55, 16 January 2009 (EST)
Farm and Farmer Field Trips
One area of Agritourism that is possibly missing is the role that Farm Field Trips plays in educating the Farmer, by seeing how things are done elsewhere in the world. I know that New Zealand farms host visits from overseas farming organisations and vice versa. You also have farm stays (like home stays on a farm) as well as farm work, such as fruitpicking and other harvesting casual or full time work and even migrant labour schemes for farm workers. Perhaps not quite agritourism, but agritravel?
Also, in New Zealand and Australia, the annual Agricultural and Pastural (A&P) Show day has become an event where town meets country. While a number of other rural events, such as racehorse auctions, and field days are also notable events. In a country where the the price of milk is as important to the economy as that of oil, Agritourism can be big business, too, for the farmer harvesting that tourist dollar. Winery tours and roadside produce stalls are a good reason to get out of town and buy direct from the producer. - Huttite 07:08, 26 January 2009 (EST)
Thanks for the feedback! I think there's a place for both your suggestions in the article. I'll add the (A&P) to the Events section. And there's a home for agritravel here, too. While this site largely focuses on leisure travel, we do have business travel as a travel topic. And besides, when you need information on a destination, there's no differentiation on how you're traveling. Travel is travel. I think I can put Farm Field Trips in a "Learn" section. I'll work on it in the evenings and weekends. (This article is my fun "hobby" contribution). :) WineCountryInn 11:25, 26 January 2009 (EST)