Agritourism is an industry that is growing throughout the nation as farm operators are beginning to offer various activities to the public in order to channel new sources of revenue. Some farms let you pick your own produce, others set up farm stands that allow you to purchase directly from the producer. Many farms are now offering tours and some even offer farm stays. Events centered around agriculture such as festivals, workshops and classes, are increasing in popularity as well. The general population now has many unique opportunities available to them to witness the behind the scenes of food production and given the growth of this industry it is obvious that people are really enjoying having these opportunities.
Agriculture’s roots are deep in Humboldt County (no pun intended). According to the Humboldt Farm Buerea “approximately a third of the total land area in the County is directed to some type of agricultural use”. Given this fact It is no wonder why Humboldt County is a leader in the Agritourism movement. There are over 1,000 farms located throughout both Humboldt County and its neighbor to the North, Del Norte County! You can find nearly anything being raised in this region. There is tons of vegetable and fruit production, dairy and cattle farms galore, and even aquaculture operations. Floral and timber are other very large industries in the region. Oh and don’t forget the fantastic wineries that exist here. The climate, topography, and abundant waterways here seem to create the perfect place for this wide variety of agricultural based industries. Given this is the case for tourism in Humboldt County as well, combining the two (agritourism) seems pretty much like a no brainer for Humboldt County farmers.
Many farm operations in the Redwood Coast region allow ways for the public to become involved. As you probably guessed, it is extremely easy to find agricultural happenings here. You can simply stop in at the year-round farmer’s market, or perhaps attend workshops or classes related to agricultural practices which can be found regular within the community. Or better yet visit one of the many Humboldt County farm stands or U-Pick operations. In addition there are several community gardens, CSAs, educational farms that allow visitors. Many restaurants and grocers serve locally produced foods as well. There are also great local area festivals that celebrate the rich agriculture influence of the region including the popular Arcata Oyster Festival and the Fortuna Apple Harvest. There are practically countless ways to become better acquainted with the products and the producers of the Humboldt County area.
The following is a list of some of my personal favorite places for fun, educational agriculture related experiences in Humboldt County.You definitely do not want to miss out on these if you are and “agritourist” visiting the region:
Humboldt Bay Oyster Tours – Oyster Farm tours on Humboldt Bay
Wolfsen Blueberry Farm – A U-Pick small, family-owned organic Blueberry farm located in McKinleyville, CA. Open July 4 – Labor Day
Bayside Park Farm (Formerly Arcata Educational Farm) – A three-acre vegetable farm located in the City of Arcata’s Bayside Park, Tours available
Deep Seeded Farm – U-Pick flowers and berries, tours, picnics, recipes and more
Redwood Roots Farm – Several Educational Programs and Volunteer Opportunities as well as a great farm stand on this beautiful and diverse CSA and market garden
Winnett Vinyards – Family-owned and certified organic winery in sunny Willow Creek. Hand crafted estate-bottled wines. Tastings and Tours Available
The University of California’s Small Farm Centres defines Agritourism as ”the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation for the purpose of enjoyment, education or personal involvement in the activities of the farm or operation”. Humboldt County is really one of the best places to partake in this form of travel and there are plenty of vacation rentals in this part of Northern California that are within close proximity to agritourism ops. With such an extensive and diverse amount of agriculture here one can surely become educated and involved in these operations and most importantly enjoy a farm experience here on you next vacation to the Redwood Coast.
See the Following Lists of Vacation Rentals in Northern California Near Agritourism Operations in Humboldt County:
List of Rentals Near Willow Creek Rentals and Wineries
List of Rentals Near Arcata & Bayside Farms