Agritourism 

Agritourism has emerged as a popular business option for farm owners because it allows the landowner to generate additional sources of income and increase profit, without interfering with pre-existing agricultural operations.

What is Agritourism?

Agritourism is the combination of: 

AGRICULTURE

THE PUBLIC

Examples of Agritourism in Maryland

Seasonal

  • Winter ~ Christmas Tree Farms 

  • Spring ~ Berry Picking

  • Summer ~ Garden Tours

  • Fall ~ Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Hay Rides

Educational

  • Guided Tours

  • Living History Farms

  • Demonstrations & Classes

  • Field Trip Events & School Tours

  • Bird Watching

  • Photography

Kid-Friendly ​/ Family

  • Petting Zoos

  • Field Trip Events & School Tours

  • Horseback Riding

  • Walking Trails

  • Camping & Picnicing

  • Fishing

  • Kayaking & Canoeing

Adult

  • Hunting 

  • Clay Pigeon Shooting

  • Winery & Brewery Tours & Tastings

Events

  • Festivals & Fairs

  • Concerts

  • Farm-to-Table Dinners

  • Charity Events

  • Tournaments & Competitions

  • Farmers Markets

Rentals for Private Events

  • Wedding Venues

  • Private Parties

  • Corporate Outings

Agritourism & the Law

Agritourism creates new legal issues for farmers and landowners, which if not properly discussed and planned for, with an attorney, may result in hefty violations, fees, and penalties.  

Legal Issues

  • Landowner / Operator Liability

  • Failure to comply with Argitourism Statutes

  • Violations of other related laws:

    • Animal Welfare Act

    • Food Safety Laws

    • Public Health Laws

    • Liquor Licensing Laws