The Louisiana Agritourism Connection July 2012

Dora Ann Hatch  |  7/2/2012 11:41:40 PM

Agritourism

Landry Vineyards

Agritourism, a business venture on a working farm, ranch or agricultural enterprise, is growing in popularity throughout the United States. Agritourism blends entertainment, education and tourism together to provide a fun, exciting and memorable getaway for school trips and family outings. This website provides educational resources to assist new and existing entrepreneurs in developing, expanding and improving their agritourism ventures.

In This Edition

This edition offers information on Curry Farms’ Second Pumpkin Growing Contest; Landry Vineyards harvest and celebration; tips to sell produce; stories of successful agritourism operations in Vermont and Texas; and funding for nature-based tourism development in northeast Louisiana.

Curry Farms Offers Pumpkin Growing Contest

Curry Farms

Curry Farms, Inc., located in Start, just minutes off I-20, will host another pumpkin-growing contest this year. Curry Farms supplies the pumpkin seed and you plant, harvest and bring your big pumpkin to the contest for weigh-in. Check the Facebook page for more information.

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.

Red Grape Harvest and Celebration At Landry Vineyards

Landry Vineyards in West Monroe

Come experience a grape harvest at Landry Vineyards. The picking begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 11th and the crushing begins shortly thereafter. You will want to arrive on time. If you pick, the Landry’s will treat you to lunch. Return again that evening beginning at 6 p.m. for the “Celebration of Bringing in the Crops” - ladies get to stomp the grapes. For more on experiencing this agritourism venture, click here.

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival 2012

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival

The Yellow Rails and Rice Festival will host its fourth festival this fall. The festival is scheduled for October 24-28. This year, lots of workshops have been added. Register early; there is a limited amount of space for some of the offerings. The Yellow Rails and Rice Festival is an excellent example of a celebration bringing farmer and birder together. Click here for a copy of the agenda, workshops and registration details.

Liberty Hill Farm & Inn

Liberty Hill Farm Inn

Check out www.visitvermont.com  to learn how working farms are taking their farming assets and creating added income. Liberty Hill Farm & Inn is just one of many operations available to choose from. During your stay at Liberty Hill you can milk cows, feed calves, collect eggs, swim, tube, fly fish, hike, pick wild berries, take wildflower walks, mountain bike, cross-country ski, star gaze, rainbow watch, cuddle kittens, and much, much more.

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.

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