Lexington County Farm-City

to strengthen the understanding of farm-city connections that provide food, fiber, and shelter.
Agritourism = Agriculture and Tourism
www.SCfarmfun.org

Agritourism is a combination of what South Carolina does best…agriculture and tourism! Agritourism is the crossroads between agriculture & tourism; when an agriculturally-based operation opens its doors for the public for Education, Entertainment or Recreation. Agritourism in South Carolina encompasses everything from orchards in the Upstate to the tea plantation of the Lowcountry and everything in between.

Agritourism is not a new concept. In the late 19th century, city folks visited farm folks to escape the summer heat in crowded urban communities. The automobile made it easier to travel to the country in the 1920s. In the 1930s and 40s, country recreation was a way to get away from the stress of the Great Depression and World War II.During the 1960s and 70s, there was a general interest in farm-related nostalgia which led to the rise of farm vacations, dude ranch stays, commercial farm tours, and farm bed and breakfasts in the 1980s and 90s.Because of the gap between farm and non-farm families, the demand for a slower-paced farm experience has now become the catalyst for farm-based recreation - an important business for the farming community.

Agritourism has become a tool that has direct economic impact on farms and surrounding communities and fosters a better understanding between rural and urban communities. Agriculture Works – Growing the Midlands, Growing South Carolina.

ON FARM: U-picks, Farm tours, Hayrides & corn mazes, Festivals & events, Hands-on education for kids, Work-on-a-farm experiences, Overnight stays, Trail rides, Disc golf courses, Events (weddings & Birthdays), Farm to Table dinners, Tastings, Animal Display / Demonstrations, On-farm shopping, Bike Trails, Bird Watching, Camp Fires, Cheese Processing, Christmas Tree / Cut Your Own, Cow / Goat Milking, Military Reenactments, Mud Run, Pig Race Track, Pottery Making, Pumpkin Patch, Wagon Rides, Vineyard / Wine Tastings,  etc.

OFF FARM:  Agriculture Museums, Living history agriculture events, Flower festivals, Historic carriage rides, Farmers market events, Culinary tours with local ingredients, Food & wine festivals, etc.

Agritourism is the new tourism trend for consumers.

Creative tourism is travel directed toward an interactive experience. Participants learn about the art/culture, heritage, and special character of the destination. It provides a connection with those who live and work there. The creative tourist always participates . . . learns by doing.

Whole Living is the idea of balancing work with play - a lifestyle geared towards natural health, personal growth, and well-being.

Buying Local is the biggest food trend in decades. 86% of consumers believe availability of local foods in a store greatly influenced where they shopped.

Know Your Food. Customers are more interested in what they’re eating and where it comes from. They want to know that it’s being grown responsibly. Agritourism allows the consumer to visit the farm where the food is grown.

How is agritourism beneficial to South Carolina agriculture as a whole?  Where can folks learn more about South Carolina agritourism?

SC Agritourism farms are listed on the SC Department of Agriculture website with capability to search for farm by location (County) and/or activity (u-pick, wedding, corn maze etc…) Two avenues to locate agritourism farms agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/agency-services/agritourism/agritourism-farms/ or www.SCfarmfun.org

 How can folks find agritourism farms?

TODS program approved the first farms for Tourist Oriented Directional Signage in January 2014. TODS is to promote Agritourism and tourist-related facilities in rural areas, providing signage from the closest primary route, a designated SC or US route.


Lexington County Farm-City

Sponsors 2015

Clayton Rawl Farms, Inc.

Lexington County Farm Bureau

Lexington School District I Center for Advanced Agribusiness Research, Pelion

Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District

MCEC

Price's Country Store

Roof's Basket Works, Inc.

Sandhills Young Farmer & Agribusiness Chapter

SCE&G

South State Bank

W. P. Law, Inc.

W. P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.

Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center