Agritourism in New York: Management and Operations

Diane Kuehn, Duncan Hilchey, Cornell University, 2001

In order to provide agritourism business owners across the state with up-to-date information, NY Sea Grant and Cornell University’s Farming Alternatives Program, in conjunction with the Cornell University Statewide Committee on Community and Economic Vitality Tourism Work Group, conducted a 2-part study of agritourism business owners and their customers in New York State in 1999 and 2000. The results from this study are presented in this factsheet and in Agritourism in New York: A Market Analysis.

8 pages. $1. To receive a copy of this publication, send your name, address, phone number, and list of publications wanted, with a check payable to Cornell University, to:

Sharon Mullen
NY Sea Grant
Oswego, NY 13126

Agritourism Guides

The Policies and Procedures Guide and the Worksite Guide include a 10-page checklist for use by agritourism owners and managers, as well as farm owners who host children and groups. The guides are useful in reviewing health and safety considerations already implemented on agritourism operations, and can assist in identifying deficiencies so that remedial action can be taken. Visit the above website to download the newest editions, free.

Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide 

An online tool developed to help farmers evaluate their resources when considering alternative enterprises or agritourism potential for their farms is now available. This is a database driven application that allows users to collect and store the information for each farmer’s and rancher’s assessment of their natural, family, and community resources.  The guide is based on the NRCS publication Taking the First Step:  Farm and Ranch Alternative Enterprise and Agritourism Resource Evaluation Guide dated January 2004 on the NRCS website at

Data entry forms for each worksheet, an editable database of alternative enterprise and agrotoursim ideas, and an editable database of links are provided.  The tool provides ease of access to related information and tools such as the Web Soil Survey, local contacts, and technical and financial assistance programs. The tool can be accessed here:

Considerations for Agritourism Development

Diane Kuehn, Duncan Hilchey, Douglas Ververs, Kara Lynn Dunn, Paul Lehman, Cornell University, 1998

This publication is designed for community leaders, rural economic development and tourism professionals, and agritourism entrepreneurs. It focuses on the 3 main components of agritourism development: small businesses, agricultural events, and regional agritourism initiatives. Considerations for each of these components are discussed. The case studies included in this publication expand on these considerations. Publication is in PDF format.

25 pages. $1.50. To receive a copy of this publication, send your name, address, phone number, and list of publications wanted, with a check payable to Cornell University, to:

Sharon Mullen
NY Sea Grant
Oswego, NY 13126

Farm Tours: A Marketing and Education Tool

Paula Schafer, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County

This article will take you through the steps of planning, organizing, and implementing your own local farm tour. Its focus is on tours of fiber animal farms, but most of the information is applicable to all farm tours.

A Farmer’s Guide to Hosting Farm Visits for Children

Sibella Kraus, Karin Rosman, University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, July 1998

The goals of this guide are to share the good educational ideas that are already in practice on farms and to encourage and facilitate farm field trips by providing workable, effective ideas for planning and hosting educationally powerful visits. Suggested activities are focused on elementary school students, though many activities are adaptable for other age groups. This guide can also serve as a resource and starting place for teachers who want to plan farm field trips.

Entertainment Farming & Agri-Tourism

Katherine Adam, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas, March 2001

This publication discusses agri-entertainment — a new, highly consumer-focused type of agriculture, which may offer additional options for diversification and add stability to the farm income stream. Farmers have invented a wide variety of “entertainment farming” options.

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

Their mission is to foster a competitive food and agriculture industry that benefit producers and consumers alike. Agriculture makes up one-quarter of the State’s land area and contributes immensely to the quality of life in New York State by generating economic activity and producing wholesome products to nourish their families. They work diligently to promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard their food supply. This web site was designed to help you learn about the many services and specialized programs the Department has to offer.

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets
1 Winners Circle
Albany, NY 12235
Phone: 1-800-554-4501

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