What does it take to grow a winner? Timing is everything; seeds take 85-120 days before they reach maturity. Next, select a well-drained area that receives at least eight hours of sunlight each day.
Whether you sell produce through farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) or roadside stands, earning the customers’ trust and loyalty is important. Winning customers over can take time but can be financially rewarding.
With the exception of cross-country skiing, all these activities are possible in Louisiana. So, maybe it’s time to reconsider your farming operation to include tourism.
According to the American Camping Association, over the last five years, 84 percent of camps have added gardening activities and another 12 percent have added farm- or ranch-related activities to their schedules.
The funds will be used to continue work with local stakeholders, friends of wildlife refuges, local businesses and community organizations for developing nature-based tourism, said Dora Ann Hatch, LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator who will serve as project leader.
Hatch believes the grant will create opportunities for employment based on nature tourism, eco-tourism, agritourism, cultural heritage tourism and wildlife-related activities such as hunting, fishing, bird watching, outdoor photography, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. She envisions both public and private landowners working together to create northeast Louisiana as a destination for all forms of nature based tourism.
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