The Future (and present) of Agritourism
You've heard a lot about agritourism (aka food tourism, we use those terms interchangeably here) from Vermont Fresh Network's efforts over on DigInVT.com. Through that project you can learn about projects from around the state designed to build this sector of the rural economy, and also get twice-monthly updates on local food & farm experiences happening year round. We'd really like your input on agritourism work, and there are several upcoming opportunities:
- Take this survey by Oct 10th! If you're a farm or food producer who has a DigInVT listing (apologies to our culinary members, but this survey is tied into a larger project and specific grant that is addressing the food producer side of the equation).
- Oct 15, anyone interested is invited to the planning retreat for the Farm to Plate Agritourism Task Force. It will take place at Green Mountain Girls Farm from 12:30-4:30pm. We'll be looking at the role of the task force in Vermont agritourism over the next 3 years. RSVP to Lisa Chase by Oct 10.
- Nov 1st & 2nd the annual Farm to Plate Gathering in Killington, this year's theme is Resiliency in a Changing Food System Landscape. VFN is leading a deep dive discussion on the potential for food tourism as an income source for Vermont farms - this is not a beginner discussion, it's designed for folks already deeply engaged in some way with this topic, but if you want something more introductory there's another option on Nov 8. Details & registration.
- Nov 8th the Northwest VT Health Roots Collaborative presents the Growing the Working Landscape conference in St. Albans. VFN is presenting an introductory workshop on agritourism. Tickets here.