Agritourism

Agritourism in the TCAA

Agritourism is a valuable agricultural alternative as it increases farm profitability while educating children and the general public on the value of agriculture and the local food system.  Examples of agritourism which the UF/IFAS Extension Partnership for Water, Agriculture, and Community Sustainability at Hastings has a partnership with are: Tour de Farm, Sykes and Cooper Corn Maze, and Cowart's Crop Maze and Fall Festival.

Tour de Farm

In 2011, Slow Food First Coast presented the Tour de Farm to the Tri-County Agricultural Area and beyond with 24 farms and agricultural related organizations welcoming visitors. On April 22, 2012, thousands of folks throughout the region joined their neighbors to visit family farms and learn about local food production.  The UF/IFAS Extension Partnership for Water, Agriculture, and Community Sustainability at Hastings played host to over 700 visitors.  These visitors toured blueberry, peach, and muscadine grape plantings and were especially impressed with the "Edible Landscapes and Alternative Growing Systems."

For more information on Tour de Farm, visit: http://slowfoodfirstcoast.com/

 

Sykes and Cooper Corn Maze

In the fall of 2010, Sykes and Cooper Farms opened their maze to both schools and the public.  The visitors navigated through a nine acre maze as well as the event including a hay ride, corn box, pumpkin patch, sunflowers, and small zoo animals.  In 2011, 15,000 people from throughout the region along with nearly 6,000 school children attended the Second Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Sykes and Cooper's Third Annual Corn Maze in 2012 proved to be equally as successful and the families are already planning and looking forward to next year!

For more information on Sykes and Cooper Farms, visit: http://sycosod.com/  

 

Cowart's Crop Maze and Farm Festival

New to Agritourism in 2012 is Cowart Ranch and Farm with their Crop Maze and Fall Festival.  The First Annual Crop Maze and Fall Festival featured a 6 acre maze, local produce, pumpkin and sunflower patch, hay rides, horse shoes, and a corn box. 

For more information on Sykes and Cowart Ranch and Farm, visit: http://cowartranchandfarms.com/