2The American Farm Bureau Federation has defined agri-tourism as:"An enterprise at a working farm, ranch or agricultural plant conducted for theenjoyment of visitors that generates income for the owner. Agricultural tourismrefers to the act of visiting a working farm or any horticultural or agriculturaloperation for the purpose of enjoyment, education or active involvement in theactivities at the farm or operation that also adds to the economic viability of thesite."
Members of the Tennessee Agri-tourism Initiative defined agri-tourism as “an activity,enterprise or business that combines primary elements and characteristics of Tennesseeagriculture and tourism and provides an experience for visitors that stimulates economicactivity and impacts both farm and community income.”
Agri-tourism is occasionallyreferred to as “agri-tourism,” “agrotourism,” “farm tourism,” “agricultural tourism,” or agritainment.”Thus, agricultural Tourism: Refers to the act of visiting a working farm or anyagricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment,education, or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation.Agricultural tourism is a new field which allows people to experience the cycle of life, the growth of plants, the birth and death of animals. It is successful because ittakes us back to a culture that was one of oneness with our environment. Peoplecared for animals, placed their seeds in the grown, harvested their crops. Peopleworked together to harvest crops. It was a time of great effort, yet great joy andaccomplishment.Agriculture tourism enterprises include things such as farm tours, farm stands, u-pick farms,hunting clubs, vineyard weddings, old-fashioned cattle brandings, trail rides, and farm stays.It also entails a commercial operation working toward its visitor’s enjoyment, understanding,and appreciation of natural areas while conserving the local ecological, social, and culturalvalues. It incorporates aspects of cultural, historical, place based experiences that areauthentic and homegrown.