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Agriculture and Nature Tourism is widespread in America and in many instances the driving force to a community's prosperity. It is business conducted by farmers or ranchers on their working agricultural, horticultural, or agribusiness operation and brings much enjoyment and education to the many people that visit them. Each year many visitors reap the benefits of entertainment, recreation, participation, and education as they flock to farms and ranches in nearby areas. People who live in urban areas want to know where their food is grown and locals want to support neighboring farms.

There are many successful agritourism operations here in our counties including;
  • apple ranches
  • "choose n' cut" Christmas tree farms
  • olive oil producers
  • vineyards and wineries.
These businesses know the value of sharing their farms and ranches with the public in order to educate people about the importance of agriculture in California.

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources division publishes several workbooks to help new businesses get started and advise potential farmers and ranchers about land use, startup costs, and best practices.See the UC Small Farm Program website for more information.

Agritourism Workshop

Workshop Series

Calaveras County


Agritourism Connections

Strawberry Fields Forever
As a Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems student at UC Davis, I love having the opportunity to visit farms and ranches that are putting what I am learning in my classes into real practice. Pacific Star Gardens exceeded my expectations. Located...

How to Use Airbnb to Add Value to Your Small Farm or Ranch
I have been an Airbnb host for nearly four years now, meeting people from all over the world and sharing my rural way of life. I currently own a 3 bedroom/2 bath house on 10 acres in Modoc County, CA. Modoc County is in the northeast corner of...

Family grows History Train Adventure from organic dairy roots
Tony Azevedo's father moved the family from Watsonville, where he operated a small dairy, to Stevenson in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in 1958. Azevedo rented 15 acres of land that had become alkaline through irrigation with no drainage for many...

Year One: Organizing the first annual Nevada County Farm Trail Weekend
Nevada County, with gold country foothills and Sierra Nevada mountains, has almost 100,000 residents and many visitors. Nevada County Grown, dedicated to promoting, empowering and connecting local farmers, ranchers and food makers, is twelve years old...

County Agricultural Ombudsmen Help Bridge the Divide
California agritourism operators report regularly that navigating the permitting and regulatory process is a major challenge for farmers trying to invite the public onto their land for festivals, tours, dinners, classes, lodging or other activities. Some...

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