Growing Agriculture and Tourism Connections

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Visiting a farm provides a unique experience for tourists to our region. Agritourism has been growing steadily for more than 30 years fueled by wine tourism. More recently, the local foods movement has provided additional momentum for attracting visitors to experience farm fresh foods and rural life. Tompkins County identified agri-culinary tourism as a priority in the 2020 Tourism Strategy. A task group has been working on identifying farms with interest in agritourism to build farm trails and packages for visitors. To further the groups work, a USDA grant awarded to the county is making it possible to host a conference, provide farm assessments, and boost marketing.


On March 8, 2016 there will be a one day Agritourism Conference hosted by the Tompkins County Agri-Culinary Task Group at Coltivare Restaurant in downtown Ithaca (235 S Cayuga St).  The conference is open to farmers and rural landowners in the region who currently have an agritourism enterprise or who are interested in starting one.  Farmers and tourism professionals will be speaking about the many ways to host visitors at farms from traditional farm stands and pick your own to hosting events, weddings and parties or by offering overnight accommodations.   Business considerations such as insurance, business planning, promotion and marketing will also be discussed.

Conference registration begins at 8 AM with Breakfast and Networking. The Program starts at 9 am and concludes at 4 pm.  The opening plenary session will focus on trends and visitor expectations followed by keynote speaker Laura Ten Eyck, from Indian Ladder Farm near Albany, talking about the evolution of her family’s orchard into an agritourism destination.  In the afternoon concurrent sessions will include talks on hosting visitors, agritourism readiness, and logistics and marketing.  There will be ample time for attendees to network  and identify collaboration opportunities.  Attendees will also learn about how to sign up for an agritourism assessment of their farm during summer. 

The full program can be viewed at: 

Or CALL Tompkins County Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292 or email:

There is a $40 fee per person to attend including breakfast and lunch, as well as handouts.   

Pre-registration is requested by March 1 as space is limited. 

March 8th, 2016 8:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
Coltivare Restaurant, 235 S Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States

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Phone: 607-272-2292  ext. 126
Each person $ 40.00
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