New destinations for vacations: California agritourism

Fresno BeeMay 16, 2011 

Thousands of people come to the Valley every year to tour the national parks and Yosemite -- and Dinuba farmer Mike Naylor hopes a few will stop at his place.

Naylor can't offer the majesty of ancient granite cliffs, but his setting has its own homespun charm: Visitors can stay at his 95-acre tree fruit farm.

"And they don't just stay at our farm -- they stay in our house," said Nori Naylor, Mike's wife. "It doesn't get more real than that."

The Naylors have joined a trend called agritourism. And its growing.

The federal government's 2007 Census of Agriculture found that 685 California farms were involved in some form of agritourism. Now, there are easily more than 1,000, according to University of California researchers who have created a database to track the trend.

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