Thursday, November 28, 2013

Twelve Things to Consider

When I accepted the role of agritourism coordinator in 2010, I began doing intensive research online to find all the things that first time operators should know. Two publications followed immediately and since that time, I continue to find new and interesting things online that can be helpful.
Earlier this year, I created another online document called, "Twelve Things to Consider When Starting an Agritourism Business."  Click here to view the complete article.
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Caption: This snapshot is showcasing a rabbit from Corley's Miniature Acres farm in Trout.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Miniature Farm Animals

What a happy birthday boy!  The Corleys arrived at his home and unloaded lots of miniature animals for he and his friends to ride, feed and pet. It was a perfect combination, small children and small animals.

The Corley Family, Jerry and Patsy, operate a small miniature farm animal operation in Trout. You can come visit their farm or their farm will come to you.

Their website: or e-mail:, or call: 318-992-8101

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mitchell Farms

I had the opportunity to visit with agritourism operators in Mississippi November 14-15, 2013 at their annual Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Meeting in Philadelphia, MS. The agritourism operators also met during the conference.

While there, I met Jo Lynn Mitchell and her husband, Don, who  along with their three children own and operate Mitchell Farms in Collins, MS.

This farm has lots to offer both children and adults. They have farm tours in the fall and spring. They also sell farm produce and grow peanuts on the farm.

They offer lots of fun to families, check out their website.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Agritourism Growing

Agritourism is gaining in popularity across the United States as more and more Americans are generations removed from the farm. My daughter has hired a traveling farm to provide entertainment at my grandson's birthday party this weekend. I'll make pictures and share next week.

If you are considering starting an agritourism operation, log onto our website: to learn how to begin.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Kayaking as an Agritourism Option

Landowners who have lands bordering lakes, rivers or bayous have a great opportunity to provide some outdoor fun to adventurers. Providing access to a put-in and take-out may be all that is needed.

Offering kayak classes is another option.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sign up for FREE Kayak Classes

Two Locations:
                                    Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lake Bruin State Park

Swimming Area

201 State Park Road, St. Joseph

11 am and 1:30 pm classes available

$2 per person to enter park

Call Betsy: (318) 766-3320 to register


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Lake St. John

Spokane Resort

4269 Hwy. 568, Ferriday

11 am and 1:30 pm classes available

                  Call Gena (601) 807-4085 to register
Instructor: Lena McKnight, Everyday Adventure, LLC
Classes are provided through a grant funding obtained by the LSU AgCenter's agritourism program. For details contact:
Dora Ann Hatch, agritourism coordinator,