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Agritourism

Agritourism is a terrific way to introduce visitors to your growing practices, products, and community while supporting your business with sustainable incremental revenue.

Once thought of as simply an overnight stay on a farm, agritourism has grown to include special events, classes, outdoor recreation, school tours, u-pick, hunting & fishing. Each of these educational & engaging activities comes with it's own set of logistical and policy challenges.

If you're ready to add agritourism to your property we can help you:

  • Assess your site and identify opportunities
  • Navigate land use, legal & health policies
  • Develop marketing strategies & materials
  • Train your team to meet the needs of your new customers

Erika Polmar created Plate & Pitchfork Farm dinners to reconnect diners with the people and places that grow and craft their food. In the process of growing her business she developed a keen understanding of the land use, regulatory and economic issues that often challenge agricultural and culinary producers. She has proven success in developing pathways, partnerships and policies to overcome these obstacles and support the continued development of responsible agritourism. Erika has contributed to the growth of Agritourism in her home state of Oregon as a participant in the Oregon Agritourism Network, a presenter at the Oregon Small Farms Conference and a contributor to Travel Oregon's Agritourism Handbook.

Prior to launching her agritourism venture, Erika honed her marketing, brand & product development skills in positions at CitySearch, Carman Ranch, Ecotrust, Eleven, the Oregon Multimedia Alliance and J.K. Carriere Wines. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and chefs grow their businesses, she's enthusiastically working to end hunger in Oregon through the Plate & Pitchfork Fund in partnership with the MRG Foundation and with community organizations such as Farmers Ending Hunger.

If you'd like Erika's assistance launching or growing your agritourism venture, please send a note or call 503.852.1031.

Founder, Erika Polmar