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Can Agritourism Save Small-scale Farming?

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 4 September 2012

For those who are not convinced that a farm tour or farm stay is for them, there’s one side of the story they may not have considered – the supply side. Agritourism brings great benefits to small-scale farmers all over the world. Researchers and policymakers hail this eco-friendly form of tourism as a useful tool for rural development. Here are three ways that agritourism helps small-scale farmers sustain themselves.

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Farmsteads Thrive in Rural Lithuania

  • Kestas Lukoskinas
  • 27 August 2012

There are hundreds of farmsteads for various tastes throughout Lithuania’s five regions and their national parks. Aside from the pleasure of relaxing in nature, such farmstead stays offer many possibilities to experience the traditional way of life in Lithuania, as locals have lived it for centuries. Almost every farmstead or homestead in Lithuania is family-owned and -operated.

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Seeking Positive Changes: Biodynamic Farm Internship at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, Costa Rica

  • Antonio Marxuach
  • 22 August 2012

Here at Luna Nueva, we are preparing ourselves to be conscientious cultivators, dedicated to the seed, defenders of the soil. Farming in the biodynamic tradition empowers us with tools for healing and restoring the earth. Walking these grounds awakens one to the vitality of a living Earth and the necessity of maintaining an open dialogue with Her.

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Picking Fresh Figs Through Agritourism in Croatia

  • Gina Douglas
  • 19 August 2012

Through our travel guide in Croatia, we had found this family-owned and -run agritourism farm called Villa Solo. I was about to learn that by staying at an agritourism farm you get past a place’s small talk and first impressions. It envelops you as a local, particularly if you get off the beaten tourist path.

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Photo of the Week: Peaks and Paddies, Southern Laos

  • Cindy Fan (Photo and Text)
  • 1 July 2012

It’s June and rice-growing season is in full swing in southern Laos. For the last few days, I’ve been travelling on the Stray Asia bus through the vast, flat and open landscape that is characteristic of the region. We’ve cruised past rice field after rice field alive with impossibly vibrant colours, the reflections in the water-filled paddies intensifying the natural beauty.

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Kabani Bamboo Village: Ethical Homestays, Empowered Communities

  • Amy McLoughlin
  • 25 April 2012

In the beautiful region of Wayanad in Kerala, India, where dense jungle carpets the rolling mountains in the Western Ghats, lies a magical hidden gem. The quiet village of Thrikkaipetta in the heart of this breathtaking region is a beacon for community spirit and an inspiration for ethical tourism.

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How to Prolong Your Travels Through Work Exchange

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 20 February 2012

If you are willing to skip some of the hit-and-run sightseeing and country hopping of gotta-see-it-all travel, there’s a much simpler way to stay on budget and on the road for a long time: Take it slow, base your travels in one place and opt for a work exchange. Today, there are more and more ways for the industrious slow traveller to find work and break even.

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Bringing Responsible Tourism to the Hills of Darjeeling, India

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 5 April 2011

Set against the jaw-droppingly gorgeous backdrop of the snow-covered Himalayas and surrounded by the phenomenal forests and streams of rural Darjeeling, India, the little village of Mineral Spring is a community knit together by strong cultural values that have made it a model of sustainable growth. Now, homestays with locals have been set up, satisfying the desires of both mindful travellers and responsible hosts.

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Photo of the Week: Köyceğiz Village, Dalyan, Turkey

  • Murat Demirci (Photo) Sonja Grau (Text)
  • 5 December 2010

This photo shows a landscape from Köyceğiz village, which is located near Lake Köyceğiz and Dalyan in southwest Turkey. There are only a few lakes in the world that discharge their water to the sea via a river. Lake Köyceğiz is one of them, located in Turkey’s Mugla province. Thanks to its unique characteristics, it is also the central element of the Köyceğiz-Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area.

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Photo of the Week: A Pair of Scarecrows, Seoul, South Korea

  • Cindy Lee (Photo and Text)
  • 31 October 2010

This photo was taken when I visited Andong – located in the Yeongnam region, southwest of Seoul – which is very famous area for its Hahoe Folk Village, now a UNESCO World Heritage site of traditional-style houses. When I was out for a walk one day, I came across two scarecrows in the middle of a field, a good memory from childhood.

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