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Agri Tourism: Saving Wisconsin Farms

Agri Tourism: Saving Wisconsin Farms

For those following along, I have been writing about agri tourism destinations or farms in the United States that offer on farm fun for visitors of all ages.

Not only does it provide visitors with fresh food and entertainment, but it also provides farmers with income, helping them stay on the land and preserving farmland.

While I started with my home state, California, over the past couple of weeks I have been looking at states that Care2 readers have requested via comments on these posts.

So, up next, is Wisconsin, as requested. Wisconsin is famous for its cheese, and it seems like the perfect place to start when thinking about agri tourism destinations.

The Wisconsin Dairy Artisan Network is not an agri-tourism site, per se, but a site listing not only dairy farms, but, other places to find these hand-crafted cheeses and other dairy products. There is a great Artisan and Farmstand directory and even tips on cheese. As they note on the site, some products are only available seasonally, so make sure you check before venturing out to a specific place.

For those looking for a large choice of agri tourism destinations, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems a sustainable agriculture research center at UW-Madison created the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas. This publication lists more than 150 farms, farmers’ markets and other places that sell fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, milk, eggs and other locally grown food. An online version of the atlas is available on the REAP website.

Aside from the Southern Wisconsin Atlas, there are Farm Fresh Atlases for most regions of Wisconsin, and the rest of them can be accessed from the Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlases web site.

Lastly, the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association “promotes and preserves the rural lifestyle, fosters partnership opportunities within the ag-tourism community, and provides tools which encourage sustainable economic growth while creating awareness of Wisconsin agriculture.”  Their site has a searchable menu by location, attraction, or commodity and there’s even an event calendar listing all farm-related activities by month.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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5:13AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thank you, Patricia, for the comment.

3:50AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Not my type of vacation.

12:43AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thanks for the article

6:32PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

I am currently boycotting everything about Wisconsin due to their hateful murderous massacre of wolves in their state.

7:42AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

interesting

1:12PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

thanks

7:54PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Thanks

1:24AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Thanks for the article

10:28AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

great article, thank you :)

9:13AM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

this is truly eye opening..Cnn needs to make this a investigation ..we need to grow more produce to help feed the nation...save the poor cows...

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