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Top 8 agritourism destinations in the world

Nov. 8, 2012, 6:09 p.m.
Backyard view at Dunning Vineyards, Paso Robles, California

Photo: Ruth L/Flickr

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California

California is one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy a farm-stay, thanks to the diversity of crops and farms. Many smaller family farms in this West Coast state rely on agritourism to supplement their income. Plenty of people know about staying in the wineries and vineyards of the Central Coast and Sonoma areas, but small family farms and large ranches also offer a more hands-on approach to agritourism. Many of these places teach small scale farming techniques and even offer strategies for organic growing. The University of California system, one of the largest state-run higher education systems in the U.S., has a small-farm program that helps growers create education-oriented agritourism businesses.