planned to discuss
Ag Tourism in Oldham County
see new opportunities
to boost tourism
Helen E. McKinney
BUCKNER, Ky. (August 2012) Oldham County producers
are being sought for a new project to promote the countys Agri-Tourism
market. A variety of opportunities currently exist for expanding on
what the county already offers and in terms of developing new attractions.
We want to build on what someone has to offer, said Traci
Missun, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent for the Oldham County
Extension Office. At the moment, we are trying to gauge interest
and see exactly who is interested in participating so we can better
understand how to support them.
An Ag Tourism meeting is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the
Oldham County Extension Office on Hwy. 393 in Buckner. This will
be an informal meeting, to get the ball rolling, said Missun.
Oldham County Tourism Director Kim Buckler will speak about potential
opportunities for farmers and gardeners in Oldham County. Buckler has
been working on developing a new Agri-Tourism Region for Kentucky that
includes counties along the I-71 Corridor.
She is interested in promoting interested participants and their farms
for tours and/or visits. There are so many things we can do,
Buckler has been working on her idea slowly for the last four years.
There are some nice venues in the county already, and this would
be a way to add more attractions, she said.
The thing I learned when coming into tourism was that no counties
along the I-71 Corridor were included in Agri-Tourism, she said.
This concept is not new to her. Growing up on a 900-acre farm in Glendale,
Buckler came from a strong 4-H background and showed Angus cattle.
She wants to work with local farms to develop them into attractions,
she said. Earlier in the year, she partnered with Oldham Ahead to provide
horse farm tours within Oldham County. As a result, tour companies contacted
her to set up future horse farm tours, she said.
She said she hopes tourism will be allowed to plan the farm tours so
they can be organized and provide many more things for visitors to do
while in the county. Her role is to organize it all and see to
what extent each producer wants to be involved and promoted.
The county already contains such agricultural and garden attractions
as Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Foxhollow
Farm, Windy Meadows Horse Farm, Hermitage Farm, and Bluebonnets &
Bluegrass Alpaca Farm. The later attraction gives tours by appointment
and shows visitors how to make yarn and use a loom to create clothing
This is agri-tourism at its finest, said Buckler. This
is in a subdivision, not on a huge farm.
Each participant will benefit depending upon the type of tour
the farm chooses, Buckler said. She would also like to see some
educational aspect related to the tours. One example might be to have
seminars on biodynamic farming offered at Foxhollow Farm, since the
farm follows these principles.
All of the above listed agricultural attractions have one thing in common,
all have outdoor appeal, she said. They focus on the
outdoors and agricultural things. Agri-Tourism gets people off of the
couch and outdoors.
Ben Shaffar, director of Agri-Tourism and Kentucky Proud Equine Coordinator
for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will attend the meeting
to answer questions about Oldham County becoming an attraction and about
the Kentucky Proud program.
Interested participants are asked to RSVP by Aug. 3 for meeting and
lunch reservations by contacting Kim Buckler at (502) 817-6043 or via
email at Director@TourOldhamCounty.com or through Live Chat on the web
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