What You Should Know Before Inviting the Public to Your Farm


| 4/5/2018 4:23:00 PM


Megan WildChoosing to open your farm to the public can yield great results — it encourages people to learn how farm work.

You can also give first-hand information, promote the farming industry and potentially make some extra money.

It doesn't matter if you're looking into a small farm store or full-on agrotourism, plenty of risks come with it. The public doesn't step foot on your farm with a handbook full of potential risks — you have to do that thinking for them. The common sense parts of your life won't come first-hand to them, so you'll want to take steps to keep everyone safe.

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Make Guest Safety Priority Number One

When having guests on your property, absolutely nothing tops their safety. When people come, they will depend on staff to control certain aspects of farm life for viewing purposes — think animals appropriately contained and safety measures in place. You can't stop human error or abject stupidity, but you can limit the damage those two things can amount to.



At some point, you will have a guest who tries to climb a fence into a bullpen, or the wrong gate left open. Have a reaction plan set and make sure all precautions were set in place beforehand. Schedule walkthroughs into your daily routine, as time allows, and train tour guides to look for things that may appear off. Create a checklist of all the safety protocols on the farm and use it regularly.





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