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County residents want agritourism on ag land

 

A BERRY GOOD SEASON- The Hedlins Farms farmstand is near the roundabout at Chilberg and La Conner Whitney roads. You Can find high quality organic in-season produce all summer long. Strawberries, tomatoes and peppers are this year's best sellers to date. - Photo by Marissa Conklin

In the ongoing discussion around whether and how to permit agritourism activities, Skagit County residents believe preserving the county’s rural character should be a top priority.

In a spring 2022 public survey on options for agritourism, 80% of respondents called this policy goal “very important” or “important.”

Other goals identified as important: that agritourism relate to onsite agriculture; that agritourism uses have adequate water, septic and parking infrastructure; and that traffic and parking not impact agriculture.

The survey wraps up a two-year process that included...



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