|“New Study Measures Economic Impact of Agritourism in Virginia”
If you are someone who enjoys getting away from the hustle and bustle of town and city living on occasion, you are not alone! It seems that more and more people are flocking to the countryside in their free time, whether it be for the simple beauty of the rolling hills dotted with red barns and white clap board farm houses or the many different experiences the farm has to offer. The Fields of Gold Farm Trail provides everything from traditional farm experiences like playing with farm animals or touring a dairy farm for example, to more unique experiences, like trekking with llamas, sipping on lavender infused wine or wildflower picking. The Shenandoah Valley is proud to be the third most popular destination in the state with many agritourism venues to choose from.
A new economic impact study shows that Virginia’s agritourism industry accounts for $2.2 billion in economic activity. The report also reveals that the economic activity attributed to the Commonwealth’s 1,400 agritourism businesses supports 22,000 jobs, contributes $840 million in income, and injects $135 million in state and local taxes. The study is the first statewide benchmark report to measure the economic and fiscal impacts of Virginia’s agritourism sector.
As previously mentioned, the Shenandoah Valley has the third highest concentration of venues according to the study, bringing in nearly $363 million in revenue. Thank you for supporting our amazing farms and farm businesses! See you on the Farm Trail. You can read the full report HERE.