- Ferry County Sunrise uses innovative technologies and community narratives or storytelling to focus on Business Recruitment and Retention in our county with programs like Ferry Investment Network.
- Colville Confederated Tribes and Ferry County Broadband Action Team (BAT) is focused on working with a variety of community stakeholders to improve the broadband landscape for everyone in Ferry County including our tribal partners.
- As a board member of the Washington Festivals & Events Associations (WFEA), we support local event and festival planners with advice and information on best-practices, especially as it involves agritourism operations.
- International Agritourism Workshop (IAW) support Extension in promoting our small farms and ranches to educate others about farm or ranch based events or activities like farm tours, petting zoos, and farm stands, or the Friday Market in Republic and more.
Agritourism involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. Agritourism includes but is not limited to farm tours, roadside stands, certified farmer’s markets, corn mazes, outdoor events such as fishing or hunting on a farm, festivals, events, and farm stays.
The USDA states, “People have become more interested in how their food is produced. They want to meet farmers and processors and talk with them about what goes into food production. For many people who visit farms, especially children, the visit marks the first time they see the source of their food, be it a dairy cow, an ear of corn growing in a field, or an apple they can pick right off a tree.” Farmers and ranchers use this interest to develop traffic at their farm or ranch, and interest in the quality of their products, as well as awareness of their products.
WSU Ferry County Extension is proud to assist in promoting our county’s agritourism businesses to help them thrive in order to stimulate economic development in our communities through tourism. Check out our printable Farms & Recreation brochure! It was created by The Goat Farm – Goat Patrol and printed and distributed by WSU Ferry County Extension.