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.


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!


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.

Agritourism Workshops

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
4:30pm – 8:30pm

Bunker Hills Activities Center

Do you own a farm with animals that also hosts farm tours for families and school groups, has a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, or other similar activities where the public can mingle with your animals?

Topics include:

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

Owners, employees, and youth volunteers are encouraged to attend!

Space is limited.  Boxed dinner provided for registered attendees.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact Carrie Klumb at the Minnesota Department of Health: 651-201-5414 or carrie.klumb@state.mn.us

AGRITOURISM WEBINAR

AgriSafeMinnesota Department of Health Epidemiologist and UMASH Researcher, Carrie Klumb, presented an agritourism webinar on April 18, 2016. The webinar was hosted by the AgriSafe Network. The title of the webinar was “Agritourism: The Next Frontier in Agriculture”. In the webinar, Carrie discussed zoonotic diseases and best practices to reduce injury and illness to farm visitors.

Objectives of the webinar:

  • 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

This webinar is FREE – you will just be asked to register before viewing.

 

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.