Planning a family vacation? You can spend thousands of dollars on theme parks or beaches, leaving your kids with little more than souvenirs and sunburns, or you might consider something different. You can give your kids more–not just memories of fun times, but memories that may resonate with them for the rest of their lives. How about on your next family vacation (or “staycation”), you consider visiting a local farm?
Agritourism is the new push to get people to visit local farms and ranches in an effort to support local agriculture and improve the economic stability of small farms and communities. Agritourism can mean a lot of different thing, such as buying fresh produce directly from a farm stand or picking berries from a local field. It can also be more entertainment-based, like participating in a haunted corn maze at Halloween or caroling on a hay ride in the winter. It can be more about the educational experience, as well, like working on a farm or dude ranch and learning how to bale hay, milk cows or harvest a peach orchard.
In what is arguably one of the most popular Super Bowl commercials in recent years, Dodge used excerpts from a speech by Paul Harvey entitled, “So God made a farmer.” The commercial showcases pictures of farms and farmers across the United States and resonates of a simpler time. Harvey said, “God said, ‘I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.’ So God made a farmer.” The speech, and thus the commercial, reminds us of the hard work, dedication, grit and heart that go in to working the land. On a farm, lessons of productivity, honesty, follow-through, commitment, love, life, death and loyalty can all be learned in a day–lessons any parent would appreciate their child learning.
So consider making agritourism and a farm visit part of your next family vacation. The souvenirs and sunburns can wait.
Interested in a farm visit in Mooresville NC? Come and visit us over at Mills Family Farm, and we’ll show you around! We offer farm tours to groups both big and small by appointment.