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Agritourism in Maine: How Farms Attract Visitors & Contribute to the State's Tourist Economy

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date July 23, 2021); no calls will be taken.

With Maine's rich agricultural heritage, agritourism is a growing opportunity to invite the public to visit farms for everything from overnight stays to pick-your-own fruit to goat cuddling. We'll learn how this practice contributes to Maine's economy, and we'll hear about some examples of farms that are agritourism destinations.

Panelists:
Anne Trenholm, agricultural promotions manager, Bureau of Agriculture, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Tori Jackson, extension professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
VIP Callers:
Sarah Alexander, executive director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Heather Donahue, secretary, Maine Cheese Guild; owner, Balfour Farm in Pittsfield
Seren Sinisi, co-owner, Old Crow Ranch Maine in Durham
Marcia Lyon, co-owner, with her husband Don, of SeaLyon Farm in Alna

Resources:
Open Farm Day information: Get Real Maine and tips to visit farms

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