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As soon as I was tall enough, I spent a few weeks each summer at my aunt and uncle’s farm detasseling corn. Although the work was hard for a youngster, the farm life was a great experience. Others can share the farm experience thanks to the Florida Agritourism Association, which presents numerous options to explore and experience its members’ farms.
An understanding of agritourism began in spring 2013 with a Florida law recognizing and defining agritourism. Shortly after, the Florida Agritourism Association was founded. Lena Juarez, executive director, defined the No. 1 mission of the association. “We’re here to assist farmers to be successful with their agritourism operations,” she said.
Part of that assistance offers businesses new to agritourism a tool kit to get them started. Marketing, signage and a strong website are all advantages of membership. “The Florida Agritourism Association helps Florida farms tremendously by helping us promote our farms for multiple uses,” said Sarah Fenton of Shadowood Farm, Inc.
Farms, ranches, vineyards and almost 200 members are opening their doors so groups of all ages can explore Florida’s plentiful harvest. Membership can be found throughout the state and whatever your agritourism interest might be, there’s an adventure waiting.
Florida always has something in season and the Florida Agritourism Association is the place to begin your planning. There’s aqua culture, corn mazes, educational experiences, farms, farmers’ markets, trail riding, hunting and petting farms, orchards, and tree farms. Start planning to make Florida agritourism part of your next visit to the Sunshine State. Begin online at visitfloridafarms.com.
By Dave Bodle