AUthor: Melissa Fery, OSU Small Farms Program

Publish Date: Winter 2013

On November 30, a diverse group of over 150 people joined together at the first ever Oregon Agritourism Summit to learn about regulations, marketing, hospitality, liability, business planning and collaborative models of agritourism. The energy and interest in agritourism as a method to compliment small farming operations and a means for increasing farm viability and rural economic development has been dually noted by OSU Extension Service and partners such as Travel Oregon.

Feedback from farmers and ranchers that was received through written evaluations will be the backbone for Part 2 of this agritourism project to take place in Corvallis on March 1, 2013. Public policy will be the main focus and developing working groups that include policy makers is the primary goal for the March summit.

For more information about this agritourism project, please contact Melissa Fery with the OSU Extension Small Farms program at (541) 766-3553 or Melissa. Fery@oregonstate.edu