This three-day event will bring together farmers, farm service providers and academics from around the world to discuss agritourism as it is practiced in diverse communities and cultures. The conference will be prefaced and followed by over-night tours of agritourism operations in the surrounding region. The conference itself will involve mobile workshops, poster sessions, talks and other activities addressing the wide variety of activities that make up agritourism--from direct, on-farm sale of farm products, to pick-your-own harvests, on-farm lodging, farm dinners, and farm based summer camps.
In anticipation of the 2021 conference, organizers will present virtual events about agritourism research, outreach and best practices. Upcoming topics will include coping and adapting to the evolving COVID-19 situation, a critical issue for farms, food systems, and rural communities. Participants will examine the impact of COVID-19 on local food sales and farm viability, and the resilience and creativity of farms and rural communities in a time of crisis. Stories of resilience and recovery from around the world may provide inspiration and valuable lessons, and help to build an international network. Organizers are searching for innovative initiatives to profile.