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Agtourism
Stu,
Have been thinking about a meeting we have next week for
agtourism. Hawaii & UH have been very active in promoting
this and rural economic development around the state.
My colleagues & I work closely with a number of other
agtourism projects in Italy, Japan and the states.
If there is interest, it might be good to upload examples
of things that farmers do along these lines.
As an example, the picture is of a group of Japanese from a
company in Kawasaki who came last week to experience the
joys of picking coffee.
From my http://www.mycoffee.net site there are many other
pictures of farm tours or value added farmproducts.
Might be good if we can tie something in with the NAFDMA
North American farmers Direct Marketing Assoc. as well.
take care
Ken
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Re: Agtourism
Hi Ken,

I think agritourism is a great way for rural people to both
share their lifestyle and values with urban folks as well as
bring in extra income. Where do you think I should list this
section?
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Re: Agtourism
It's hard to say Stu. Perhaps it depends on how the
individual defines agtourism.
Our site from UH is
http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/agtourism/
which has a number of overviews by some of my colleagues.
Perhaps in the introduction of a new section, we could
define it as sources of income a farmer has that falls
outside the usual selling of crops. it can on farm B&B
related, value added products & labels, farmers market
stands like Kadee has uploaded pictures of, ecotourism and
so on. I suspect some of the members here have done a number
of things to supplement tradional sources of farm income.
Perhaps it could also include organic farms or those
transitional farms which realize a greater income based on
organic crops or greater diversifaction o crops ( like me
with the strange fruit).
Perhaps Theo and flavio might have some ideas as well.
What things in your area might fit in?

Ken
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Re: Agtourism
Hi Ken, Flavio and Stu,

I have no real ideas to agrotourism. For me, I thought about
to organise journey for other farmers in other countrys to
widen his own horizon. I´m living in an agrar-steppe, like
our green politician would say, so it is no real chance for
me. But the agrotourism like Ken mean, is very well known in
the Bavarian Forest and in the Alps.

We also have sometimes vacation in your meaning like this
year in the Oeztal-Valey.

Habed`ere (An old Bavarian greeting who means "have the
honor")
Theo
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Re: Agtourism
Hi Theo,
The last time i drove aorund your part of he world I was
impressed with the number of farms that offered tours
to see either the winerys ( wine tasting) or how hops were
grown. Actually it was closer to Frankfurt but It was still
intertsing to see. I bought many bottles of
trockenbernauslase to bring home at the farm store.
In other areas i bought jelly and things produced on small
farms. When I look at the pictures you posted, It makes me
want to walk around those areas and look at everything.
Just beautiful countryside. I hope we can visit again soon.

take care
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Re: Agtourism
Theo,
I forgot to mention about your tour idea. It's great.
Sometimes I plan to bring Hawaii fruit growers to Asia to
see the methods of horticulture I study there.
Our state groop has planned very expensive tours to
thailand and other SE asian places but ours is always lower
cost in comparison.
Sometimes I think of an exchange too, where i would come
work for you for 2 or 3 weeks and then you come here to
work. Sometimes I go to work on farms south of tokyo just
for the experience .
ken
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