Vermonters looking for a nice stroll or run this fall could look to their nearest farm.
The Vermont Farm Walk Trail, sponsored by the state’s Farm to Plate Network Agritourism Task Force, is hoping to expand opportunities for Vermonters and regional tourists to enjoy the sights and sounds on farms across the state.
The public will be invited to walk on trails along farms such as Shelburne Farms, Knoll Farms, and Lavender Essentials of Vermont.
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“It has been a challenging summer for the entire tourism and hospitality sector, and farmers have had the added stress of hot dry weather, said Heather Pelham, commissioner of the state’s department of tourism and marketing, in a news release.
“The Farm Walks Project is a bright spot. It’s about getting out to know your neighbors, while being safe and outdoors.
Agritourism originates in Italy and other European countries, where vacationers looking for a bucolic getaway participated in farm tours, festivals and food & wine tastings.
Now, the idea has expanded worldwide. In the past several years, more Vermont family farms are reimagining their surrounding acres as opportunities to invite the public onto their land and bring much needed revenue to the industry.
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The first International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA), an event expected to invite farmers, researchers and tourism experts to discuss the future of the industry, was set to be held in Burlington this October, but has been postponed to next August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on the Farm Walk Trail network, visit www.diginvt.com/farmwalks.
Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.
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