Crook Co. hopes agritourism becomes the next big thing


Inaugural Crooked River Open Pasture event series aims to provide a new revenue stream to the county in rural Oregon.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Inaugural Crooked River Open Pasture event series aims to provide a new revenue stream to the county in rural Oregon.

The series will feature goat jamborees, bee schools, raw milk lectures and farm tours, according to the Bend Bulletin.

“The idea came about when we asked ourselves, ‘How do we get more consumers out to our farms?’” said Meiko Lunetta, the program director of the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, which has partnered with the county to get the CROP series up and running. Brasada Ranch also contributed funds to help with startup costs. “We’re trying to connect families with their food.”

Stealing a page from the Bend Ale Trail, agriculture enthusiasts are encouraged to pick up a passport at their first CROP stop and collect stamps from each event throughout the summer. Farmgoers who collect at least seven stamps will receive a yet-to-be determined farm prize.

 

 




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