Agritourism - Farm Stands, Wineries and Breweries
Cultivating Agritourism in Thurston County
Agritourism is becoming very popular across the state. The phrase “agritourism” generally refers to any activity that attracts visitors to a farm or ranch. Agritourists can choose from a wide range of activities that include picking fruits and vegetables, riding horses, tasting honey, learning about wine and cheesemaking, or shopping in farm gift shops and farm stands for local hand-crafted goods.
Agritourism gives farmers the opportunity to educate visitors about their way of life, share their agricultural heritage with others, and earn extra income. Other terms for similar forms of tourism include geo-tourism, sustainable tourism, and nature-tourism -- all of which are growing exponentially in popularity and importance to our local and state economies.
Thurston County Ordinance 14725 (dated March 13, 2012) established an Agritourism Overlay District in specific portions of Thurston County. The purpose of this ordinance is to strengthen the agricultural economy and promote local agriculture.
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