A large part of the County’s identity is tied to agrarian lifestyles and values. This identity stems from generations of family farms and a history of leading the State in dairy production. Strengthening this identity over time may have its challenges as farming operations change throughout the County. To help overcome these challenges, similar counties have helped strengthen their agricultural identity through agritourism and nature tourism.
The business of establishing farms as destinations for educational experiences and entertainment uses, while helping increase the farm income.
Based on attractions that reconnect people with nature and provide outdoor recreational opportunities.
Many aspects of agritourism and nature tourism have been established directly or indirectly throughout the County. Some of the most widely recognized events include Breakfast on the Farm and local festivals that celebrate its agricultural history (e.g., Pioneer Days in Albany). Other examples include regional destinations such as the Lake Wobegon Trail, Dairy Land Trail, and Quarry Park. Combined, these programs and amenities create a unique identity for Stearns County.