Summary of “Small farms are turning to Airbnb to survive”

They are part of a growing agritourism trend of family farmers with small to medium farms using their land, food supply, and livestock to attract guests on websites like Airbnb and VRBO, increasing their farms’ revenue and exposure.
An Airbnb spokesperson said that from February 2018 to February 2019, 943,534 guests stayed at a farm they found on Airbnb, booking more than 745,000 nights.
While turning their homes and businesses into vacation rentals has plenty of upside, for many small farms it is a reaction to difficult financial realities.
The USDA noted in 2015 that 88 percent of all US farms are considered small, but approximately 60 percent of all vegetable and dairy sales to consumers come from only 3 percent of larger family farms.
The popularity of rental websites makes it easier for farms to launch these efforts and to connect with guests.
Guests are not always familiar with the way farms work, like the dangers of handling some machinery, the level of focus it requires, or the somewhat gory process that brings animals from the fields to your plate.
Airbnb already offers add-on “Experiences” that don’t require an overnight stay but include farm events like cooking classes or a “Meet the goats at a small farm.” These let farmers host one-off events on their own terms and, according to Airbnb, “Create new revenue streams in a way that doesn’t require upfront costs typically associated with starting a new business.”
That’s exactly what farms offer guests through farm stays found with ease on rental websites.

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