Agri-tainment: Education and Recreation in One

Agri-tainment: Education and Recreation in One

Trent Johnson
Oct 30, 2009

We've posted before on agritourism but here's a great reminder that Fall is one of the best times to visit your local farm. "Agri-tainment" or "tourist farming" not only serves as a fun weekend getaway but is also a great way to educate kids on where there food comes from. Fall farm trips range from corn mazes to pumpkin or apple picking - a tasty, enjoyable and educational trip for the whole family ...

The Oregonian's article, Agri-tainment offers fun on the farm, with a side of conflict, provides a look into some of the recreational opportunities modern day farms offer but also some of the troubles they've encountered along the way (zoning laws and regulations).

According to the Oregonian, a century ago 80 percent of the U.S. population was involved in farming. Today, the number is less than 2 percent. As the green movements puts people back in touch with the desire to know where their food comes from, visiting a farm to provide that prospective becomes more important and even fun.

A few Agri-tainment options available in Oregon, include:

Leaping Lamb Farm in Alsea, OR: A $125 a night (continental breakfast included) stay where kids can feed sheep and horses, forage in a garden for fresh tomatoes and basil for the evenings' dinner, play in a nearby creek, swing under a shade tree, or harvest eggs in the henhouse.

E.Z. Orchards in Salem, OR: Begun in 1870 but more recently reinvented as a Agri-tainment business in 1992, the family turned an old tractor repair shop near their orchard into a 3,200-square-foot retail store selling everything from exotic olive oils, to season fruit, and fresh-cut sunflowers. They host an annual harvest festival with seven acres of pumpkins and a four-acre corn maze.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) offers volunteers food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about an organic lifestyles in return for their farm labor.

And in California:

Apple Hill Growers Association, Camino, CA: An association of over 50 ranches including Christmas trees, wineries and micro breweries. Harvest apples, make your own apple cider, or enjoy fresh apple pie.

Know of any great Agri-tainment trips in your area?

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