The Agri-Tourist, My Journey Back to Agriculture

The Agri-Tourist, My Journey Back to Agriculture

Agritourism involves travel, entertainment, adventure and agriculture, but, at its core, agritourism is really about connecting and educating. Join me to learn from experienced agritourism farmers and entrepreneurs, and help me build my future farm strategy.

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June 17, 2024 55 mins

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Rachael Jones from Locavore Farm.  I have to admit, I didn’t know what Locavore meant before prepping for this interview.  If you don’t know the definition, you will learn about it  real soon!  My interview with Rachel was very compelling.  I related to her on many levels.  

Rachael and her husband had successful careers and lived outside of Chicago raising their ki...

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Will Culler, PhD from Clemson University is the Lexington County Extension Coordinator and also the Director for the South Carolina Ag & Art Tour.  The tour is the largest free farm and art tour in the nation with over 85,000 visitors participating since 2012. The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a self-guided tour of farms and markets featuring local artisans at every stop! During the tour, visitors have ...

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My former organic vegetable and sunflower farm had a few revenue channels. The one revenue channel that probably required the most labor was the numerous farmers markets. It was so exciting to make a new connection and add a new market, especially with our mobile farm stand truck. Being a marketer at heart, creating new connections was my favorite part!  

However, I recall the anticipation of market days…wakin...

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I had the pleasure of speaking with Lisa Chase from the University of Vermont.  Lisa’s primary role  is the Natural Resources Specialist at University of Vermont Extension, where she focuses on the intersection between environmental management, food systems and community development. She is also the Director of the Vermont Tourism Research Center, emphasizing tourism and recreation in her programming. Lisa  h...

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Farmers represent less than 2% of the US population.  Women farmers represent 35% of that 2%.  That’s quite  a small number of women farmers in the US.  Shelby Watson-Hampton grew up on a farm in Maryland. She describes the family farm as” a living, breathing entity of its own - the touchstone - the gathering place, the solid center of home for many”.   She later helped her family transition the land from a n...

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My journey back to agriculture and farming began when I started my podcast interviews a few months ago.  I am an accounting major turned marketer.  I transitioned from a 14-year career in corporate america to owning a small marketing consulting business for over 18 years, all while raising three kids. I owned a vegetable and sunflower farm for a few years in between - the one part of my career and life that g...

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Emma & John Hoel own Peacefield Farm Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida, just going on 5 years now. Before selling their house and moving from city life in Minneapolis, they took the time to volunteer at a local farm sanctuary to ensure that this is something they really wanted to commit to, as owning a farm sanctuary or any type of animal rescue is an every day, all hours of the day commitment.  The answe...

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Taste the Moka Origins lemon ginger chocolate bar and you'll experience real chocolate for the first time.  On this episode of The Agri-Tourist, meet social entrepreneur Jeff Abella, Co-Founder and CEO of Moka Origins.  Learn how his vision for the company was born in Cameroon, Africa and how it has evolved into the growing, socially responsible company it is today.

Moka Origins handcrafts choco...

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