Vermont Business Journal Vermont is opening its working farms and businesses to visitors this summer. This comes after Governor Phil Scott declared August as Vermont Agritourism Month. The combination of these two industries is important to Vermont’s job landscape and the state’s economy. Dozens of farm activities in every corner of the Green Mountains give the public authentic experiences of how Vermont food is grown, raised and produced. Experiences from enjoying award-winning food and drink to spending a night on the farm and waking up with the cows create memories for families while supporting Agriculture.
“Vermont farmers are so important to our communities. Agriculture is part of our culture, our brand and a critical part of our economy, especially in rural parts of our state,” said Governor Scott. “That is why it is so important that we find ways to continue to support this sector, through strategic investments, and also by supporting new creative opportunities, such as agritourism.”
While Vermont agritourism isn’t limited to the month of August, the proclamation recognizes the harvest activities that come quintessentially this time of year, from sweet corn harvests to Vermont farms loaded with vegetables and berries. The statement also acknowledges that agriculture officials from around the world will meet here in Burlington this August to discuss how agritourism can contribute to a region’s economy while continuing to feed the world, during the International Workshop on Agritourism.
“Vermonters keep it real. Opening our farms, fields, barns and businesses gives the public a behind-the-scenes look at farm life,” said Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts. “From maple to milk and corn to cattle, there are countless agritourism spots in Vermont that showcase the work of hard work that goes on every day on our farms and working land businesses. We are proud to welcome the world to Vermont at the upcoming International Conference. We will tell our story and learn from others how to support and grow agritourism in The Green Mountains.”
Many agritourism activities make up the tapestry of Vermont farm experiences. From Vermont Open Farm Week starting August 7thth at the Vermont Maple 100, the recently held Breakfast on the Farm and events like Burger Night, our state sets a high bar for others to learn from. That’s why state agritourism officials are excited to welcome the world to Vermont to share our expertise.
“Agritourism offers farmers and rural communities the opportunity to diversify and generate additional income through farm activities. This helps to maintain the sustainability of active farms and the vitality of rural communities,” said Dr. Lisa Chase of the UVM Extensions Vermont Tourism Research Center and an organizer of this summer’s International Agritourism Conference. “We thank Governor Scott for this important recognition and look forward to welcoming the world to Burlington to celebrate and grow agritourism around the world.”
Vermont would be a different place without our working farms and lands. That’s why the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) is a strong partner supporting Vermont agriculture and those who make a living off the land.
“Tourism is critical to our state’s economy, and our agricultural heritage is a key component of the Vermont brand experience,” said VDTM Commissioner Heather Pelham. “Visitors are increasingly looking for authentic and hands-on experiences when they travel. Thanks to our farms and farmers, visitors to Vermont can enjoy unique culinary and farm activities across the state and can purchase farm products directly from our producers to bring home with them. Agritourism allows Vermont to take full advantage of our state’s cultural heritage, growing the economy and supporting our farmers as they preserve and enhance our working landscape.”
8.2.2022. Montpelier, Vt. – www.vermont.gov