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Subject: Agritourism: 2 new resource guides, public comments & UC SAREP's info portal

Penny Leff, Agritourism Coordinator of UC SAREP, announced two new guides: Guest Lodging on Your California Farm or Ranch , and The Big Event: Hosting a Festival on your California Farm .

Offering a farm stay, where working farms and ranches provide lodging to urban or suburban travelers looking for a country experience, can be a win-win for both parties. The farm or ranch diversifies its product offering, thus reducing risk and bringing in additional revenue; the traveler has a unique lodging experience. And, hosting a festival on the farm can be a way for farmers to bring in additional income while sharing enjoyable rural experiences with city and suburban people and with their own communities.
Also, Agritourism land use COMMENTS DUE in Contra Costa County BY OCTOBER 31st.


The Agricultural Land Use Process Review is an engagement process for interested stakeholders to review agricultural sustainability and economic vitality in Contra Costa County by reviewing existing land use regulations and providing input on potential modifications to these policies. See the draft recommendations on the county webpage under the tab “Upcoming Meetings.”
To learn more, to be added to the email list to receive notices of meetings, or to submit comments, contact Jennifer Cruz, Senior Planner, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development at 925-674-7790 or
For more agritourism resources, see the UC Davis - Agricultural Sustainability Inst. Agritourism portal with agendas, presentations, handouts and other resources from the "Teaching and Supporting Agritourism" professional development workshops by UC SAREP.
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10/14/19, updated