Overwhelming majority supports agritourism - 512 participants

Dec 01, 2015

Following a controversial case heard last June by the state Supreme Court, two bills have been submitted for the 2016 session that would include “agritourism” in the definition of activities that constitute agriculture and farming in New Hampshire. The change would effectively prohibit zoning ordinances and other local regulations from preventing farms from hosting weddings, festivals, and other similar events. Read more about this issue. On December 1, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you think the state should protect the right of farms to host agritourism events?”

“Do you think the state should protect the right of farms to host agritourism events?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Agritourism New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 512 participants gave 1,240 responses

A total of 78% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 22% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 512 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,240 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 98% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of the state protecting the right of farms to host agritourism events. 

  • “Keeping farms going is an important part of NH history. We should be doing more to help the farmers keep their farms rather than forcing them into bankruptcy.”
  • “Who am I to say a farmer can’t use his land to host a wedding and make ends meet?”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 2%, were opposed to the state protecting the right of farms to host agritourism events.  

  • “I don’t think it’s fair to give one business a huge advantage over other businesses.”
  • “It is not farming.”

Other: As noted above, 22% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included jurisdiction issues:  

  • "Why does the state (or any other governmental entity) have any say in this at all? Should be entirely up to the land owner." 
  • "The government should have no say in what people are doing on their land as long as it is not hurting others."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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