From: Icicle Networks
Published August 16, 2005 12:00 AM

On Beyond Organic: Agri-Tourism

B&B’s on farms? Pick your own blueberries? Pumpkin patches and corn mazes?

Welcome to the growing world of agritourism, and the new wave of entrepreneurial farmers who are adapting to the interests of an increasingly urban population.

When dairy farmer Beth Kennett first started milking cows in the White River Valley of Vermont, there were 11 other working farms. Today, as the sole dairy remaining in the Valley, she supplements her income by opening her historic farmhouse to overnight guests from around the world.

Overall, agritourism in Vermont has meant a $10 million jump in farm income in the past two years. New York state has estimated its agritourism related income at $210 million and growing.

This week, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network as we meet some of the working farmers behind this growing industry and find out how they balance agriculture and entertainment.


The Beyond Organic one-hour radio show airs every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (PST), reaching thousands of listeners across North America via traditional radio stations, satellite radio, webcasting and podcasting. Shorter segments are rebroadcast on the CBS Radio Network and Armed Forces Radio. For information on this week's guests and to tune in, visit You can also listen at and

The show was created by Straus Communications, and is produced in association with Icicle Networks and the Environmental News Network.

Source: Icicle Networks

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