Agritourism stakeholders to county: slow down, step back and try again

 

August 30, 2023

Farm workers pick leeks in a field

Craig Barber

EVERY DAY IS LABOR DAY FOR FARM WORKERS - This crew was preparing leeks for transplanting in a Ralph's Greenhouse field earlier this summer. Since Ralph's Greenhouse grows leeks about 10 months out of the year these workers have steady employment year around. Editorial, page 2.

An adhoc Agritourism Stakeholder Working Group created in July has submitted agritourism policy concepts to the Skagit County Planning Commissioners. The group's goal is to help the county shape code that lets large and small farmers and venue operators thrive.

The group was formed after the Planning Commission's July 25 public hearing on agritourism zoning recommendations made by the county's Agricultural Advisory Board. Those recommendations proposed changing the definition of "agritourism" to exclude "celebratory gatherings, weddings, parties or similar uses that cause the property to act a...



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