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Helpful Agricultural Tourism (Agri-tourism) Definitions
by Ramiro Lobo, Farm Advisor
UC Cooperative Extension, San Diego County
Agricultural Tourism: Refers to the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment, education, or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation.
Certified Farmers'Market (CFM): A location approved by the county agricultural commissioner, where certified farmers offer for sale only those certified agricultural products they grow themselves. Other agricultural and non-agricultural products may be sold at the markets depending on regulations and market rules.
Community SupportedAgriculture (CSA): Partnership between consumers and farmers in which consumers pay for farm products in advance and farmers commit to supplying sufficient quantity, quality and variety of products. This type of arrangement can be initiated by the farmer (farmer directed) or by a group of consumers (participatory).
Direct Marketing: Any marketing method whereby farmers sell their products directly to consumers. Examples include roadside stands, farm stands, U-pick operations, community supported agriculture or subscription farming, farmers' markets, etc.
Farm Stays: The activity of visiting a farm for overnight stays and for the purpose of participating in or enjoying farm activities and/or other attraction offered.
Farm Visits: The activity of visiting a farm for short periods of time for the purpose of participating in or enjoying farm activities and/or other attraction offered.
Roadside Stands: Also known as farm stands, refers to any activity where the farmer sells agricultural and value added products from his farm directly to consumers at a stand or kiosk located on or near his farm or along a road near the farm.
U-Pick or Pick-Your-Own Operations: These are fruits and farms or orchards where the customers themselves harvest the fruits or products. The prices they pay for the volume harvested will be usually higher than what the grower would get from a broker.
Rural Tourism: Recreational experience involving visits to rural settings or rural environments for the purpose of participating in or experiencing activities, events or attractions not readily available in urbanized areas. These are not necessarily agricultural in nature.
Rent-a-Tree Operations: These are arrangements where customers rent or lease trees from farmers. The consumers pay the farmer at the beginning of the season, the farmer takes care of the trees and either the farmer or the customer will do the harvesting.
Value-Added: Any activity or process that allows farmers to retain ownership and that alters the original agricultural product or commodity for the purpose of gaining a marketing advantage. Value-added may include bagging, packaging, bundling, pre-cutting, etc.
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