Before you jump into any agritourism venture, it is crucial that you make sure that the venture is allowed on your farm. Even if your farm is located in an area with a lot of agricultural activity, that doesn’t mean you can engage in activities that are not really farming (think: Goat yoga!). Check out our free Agritourism Legal Basics, which provides some quick guidance on zoning, and how to research what is allowed on your property.
Don’t stop there. Also read the Farmers’ Legal Guide to On-Farm Events (19 pages) for a broader perspective on legal issues, generally. This guide will give you practical steps to manage your exposure through zoning codes, disability accommodations, food service regulations, tax permits, injuries and insurance.