Agritourism is receiving a great deal of attention because of the many benefits it can bring to farmers, visitors and communities. The industry has shown strong potential for growth, but greater understanding is needed to develop and promote the union of production agriculture and tourism.
This publication reports on the history of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the U.S. and discusses the various models that have emerged. Recent trends in the CSA movement are presented and demographic information provided about the distribution of CSA farms in the U.S. Several CSA cases are profiled and a survey of recent research is presented. References and resources follow the narrative.
Agri-entertainment and -tourism—new, highly consumer-focused types of agriculture—may offer additional options for diversification and adding stability to farm incomes. Farmers have invented a wide variety of “entertainment farming” options.