Agritourism

Agritourism involves activities that bring visitors to the farm.

It can be a great way for farmers to add supplemental income but it does come with an additional set of responsibilities. The growth of agritourism is connecting more and more people directly with agriculture and allowing them to better understand where their food comes from. With that comes the opportunity for them to learn about the health and safety issues related to agriculture, including protecting themselves.

 

Implementing safety practices to reduce the risk of injury or illness to visitors is becoming increasingly important.

UMASH and the Minnesota Dept of Health have developed resources to help farmers and agritourism operators keep their visitors safe.


Hand Washing Makes for Safe Farm Visits

We’ve heard a lot about hand washing lately because it’s the first line of defense against germs. As featured on FarmHer, North Star Farm Tour shares how a new contraption makes farm visits safe for everyone!


Handwashing Posters Available in Various Languages

Scan this QR code with your phone camera to download the UMASH co-branded handwashing posters in various languages. Available languages include: English, French, Spanish, German, Swahili, Hindi, and Somali. Or click the link below


North Star Farm Tour Hand Stand DIY Plan

In 2019, the North Star Farm Tour Farm designed a user-friendly handwashing station for every farm. In 2020, all of the North Star Farm Tour public activities are canceled but this work is more important than ever. Effective handwashing is literally a life-and-death habit for people to avoid COVID-19 worldwide.


FEATURED RESOURCE

Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs)

Own a farm that hosts visitors?  Participate in a local, county, or state fair?  Own or operate a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, orchard, or other venue with animals? 

The Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs) training program can help you understand the risks of illness and injury from farm animals, and how to protect your visitors. This free online training program is offered by the Minnesota Department of Health. Upon completion, MDH will provide certification that your organization has learned best practices for visitor-animal interactions.

LEARN MORE AT www.health.state.mn.us/saferfaces

View the videos directly on our site by clicking on them below, or download the video by right-clicking the “Download mp4” link below the video and saving the file.


Animal Agritourism: Lay out a Plan for Success
Release Date: August 4, 2017
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Farms, Fairs, and Fun – Be sure to wash your hands
Release Date: August 11, 2016
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Agritourism: Prepare and Plan for Guests on Your Farm
Release Date: November 1, 2016
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Keep Food Safe – 4H Food Stand Worker Training
Release Date: February 16, 2019
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6 Tips for Biosecurity – A Guide for Youth Livestock Exhibitors
Release Date: February 16, 2019
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Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits

DO YOU…

Own a farm that hosts visitors?  Participate in a local, county, or state fair?  Own or operate a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, orchard, or other venue with animals? 

The Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs) training program can help you understand the risks of illness and injury from farm animals, and how to protect your visitors. This free online training program is offered by the Minnesota Department of Health. Upon completion, MDH will provide certification that your organization has learned best practices for visitor-animal interactions.

Topics covered include: overview of health risks from animals, facility design, animal care and management, staff training, visitor education, signage and handwashing.

LEARN MORE AT www.health.state.mn.us/saferfaces


Funding for Safer FACEs is provided by the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cooperative agreement 5 U38 OT000143 and a joint organizational partnership between the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and CDC.

Topics include:

  • Best practices for human-animal contact
  • Working farm safety issues
  • Food licensing and safe food handling.

These trainings are designed for farm owners, employees, and youth volunteers.

Agritourism: The Next Frontier in Agriculture

Agritourism can be a great way to add supplemental income to your farm but it does come with an additional set of responsibilities. If you are currently running an agritourism operation or are thinking about making this an addition to your farm, you should become familiar with the Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings. Following the guidelines outlined in the Compendium will help you make your farm as safe as possible for visitors and protect your assets.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what zoonotic diseases are, how they are transmitted, and why they are a potential problem for your farm.
  • Be aware of the national best practices outlined in the Compendium and available resources to help you follow these guidelines.
  • Apply these best practices to your farm in order to reduce the risk of illness or injury to visitors.
  • Understand that the risk will never be zero.

VIEW RECORDED WEBINARS


IN-PERSON TRAININGS:

  • Fun on the Farm: Agritourism Workshop, Farmington, MN, In-person. May 16, 2019.
  • Fun on the Farm: Agritourism Workshop, Andover, MN, In-person. November 13, 2019.

Spring into Safe Agritourism
2019 Agritourism Campaign

#SafeAgritourism #SaferFACEs

The “Spring into Safe Agritourism” 2019 campaign may have ended, but you can share and promote safe agritourism ANY time of the year!


 


MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have specific questions about hosting an agritourism event on your farm, contact:

Carrie Klumb, Minnesota Department of Health
carrie.klumb@state.mn.us
651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414

 

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Additional funding for video resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health through a joint organizational partnership between the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provided by CSTE through sub-awards from the CDC cooperative agreement 5U38OT000143. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors (MDH) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.