In a strange turn of events, a US farm has developed an ‘agricultural Disney’ for those who love farming.
Fair Oaks Farms is being listed as ‘one of the largest tourist attractions in Northwest Indiana’ according to AgWeb.com.
You might be wondering what an earth could be considered the agri-equivalent to the famous Disney World resort and theme park; but visitors to this farm believe the comparison is just about right.
A ‘Crop Adventure’, ‘Pig Adventure’, an ‘Dairy Adventure’ are already in place at the agri-tourism hotspot, which give visitors a ‘close-up look at modern farming operations’, says AgWeb.com.
Around 600,000 visitors are hoped to pop into Fair Oaks Farm each year after the news broke that millions of dollars were to be further invested into the tourist spot.
Visitors get to experience the treat of viewing modern farming ‘close-up’ – something that sounds strange from an Irish perspective where every rural household has a farm next door! Visitors look at some operations through plexi-glass windows too, for health and safety reasons.
Although the idea of an 'agricultural Disney’ sounds odd, Fair Oaks Farms are welcoming thousands of visitors a year, and they’ve already pumped a lot of money into the tourist attraction.
Over the next couple of years, the farm will keep getting bigger, with the owners describing ‘multi-million dollar projects’ in the pipeline.
The farm’s Pig adventure was invested in by Belstra Milling, who paid a staggering $3 million for it, while the Crop adventure received $12 million in investments from the WinField company.
AgWeb.com has described the new Chicken adventure as housing up to 700,000 chickens, while the Beef Cattle adventure will have 50,000 steers.
The owners are planning to expand into a hotel to accommodate their thousands of visitors. There are also plans to grow a ‘you-pick-them’ apple orchard! Seeds have already been planted, with apples, blueberries, and raspberries growing soon.
The appeal of the Disney-esque farm is that fact that more and more consumers in the area are concerned with where their food comes from. Even seeing the chickens treated well and in spacious conditions is considered a large part of the attraction’s importance, as well as seeing how content the cattle are.
We don’t know if it’ll suit the everyday farmer, but we’re sure it’s an interesting new part of agriculture that hasn’t really been explored yet. If it gets other people interested in farming and caring about food quality, it’s surely a good thing.