An International Typology for Diversifying, Sustaining, and Interpreting the Family Farm through Agritourism
|Glyn Bissix, Ph.D.; John Colton, Ph.D. Acadia University; Ross Firth, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland; Peter Kvistgaard, Ph.D., Aalborg University, Denmark; and Sue Bissix, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.|
Glyn Bissix, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology
Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 2R6 Canada
|Agritourism or farm based tourism provides an increasingly important strategy to diversify the farm product and interpret the challenges facing family farming to the touring public. Farm based tourism activities include farm holidays and work experiences, agricultural botanical gardens, resorts, holiday centres, farm markets, wineries, u-picks, farm interpretation centres, farm-based accommodations as well as venues for various farming competitions and agricultural based festivals. This paper reports on the findings of a research project that surveyed the literature and conducted fieldwork in Australia, Belize, Canada, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden, the USA including Hawaii, and Wales over a seven year period from 1999-2005. The typology represents a broad range of solutions to sustaining the family farm in different climates, economies and cultures. The common underlying theme is that of continuous change in responding to biophysical and sociopolitical stresses on sustaining the family farm unit and efforts by the farming community to ensure that the farming story is told forcefully to the public-at-large. The typology provides a spectrum of opportunities that can act as reference for any farm operation expanding its product based to support economic, cultural and environmental sustainability. [Presentation]|