Pittsburg State University
LEISURE FARMING IN TAIWAN: THE EVOLUTION OF A SUBSET OF RURAL TOURISM SET APART FROM TRADITIONAL AGRI-TOURISM
The interface between traditional production-based farming and the public has become less distinct with the advent of rural tourism. Agri-tourism and leisure farming, which involves people as part of the process of farming rather than just in the products of farming (i.e., planting and harvesting crops vs. just buying produce at a farmer’s market), is evidence of this newly emerging alternative use of agricultural lands. In Taiwan, there is a distinct and declarative difference between leisure farming and agri-tourism. Leisure farming in the Taiwanese context, in contrast to agri-tourism, is, in fact, a subset of rural tourism which operates on a spectrum ranging from the working farm to a full range of hospitality oriented services not tied or dependent upon agricultural production.
Keywords: leisure farming, agri-tourism, rural tourism, Taiwan
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