Klamath County, Ore. – If you like good food, and a slower, quieter pace, you might consider a farm or ranch for your next vacation.
Efforts are underway to expand ‘agri-tourism’ in Klamath County.
Farms are growing in popularity as tourist destinations.
Patrick Lynch is the Rural Tourism Coordinator for Discover Klamath, he’s planting seeds for agritourism in Klamath County.
“Whether that’s through getting local food into restaurants, or providing opportunities for visitors to stay.” Explains Lynch. “Or, tour local businesses and producers that work with the farming community.”
Lynch is helping to organize a tour this weekend for those wanting to cultivate a little extra income through tourism. “We’re going to have farmers, some ranchers, some local producers, the breweries, the wineries.”
The tour will start off at 8:30 Saturday morning from the Merrill Civic Center.
“We’re going to be touring four different sites throughout the area.” Lynch notes. “Where there’s some folks who are already involved in agritourism.”
Lynch believes Discover Klamath can help support local farmers and ranchers wanting to explore agritourism. “What we are trying to do here is take those folks who are doing such great work individually, and really put them together.”
And that effort could set the table to new visitors to the Klamath Basin.
There are still a few openings for this Saturday’s tour, which is offered free of charge.
You’ll need to contact Discover Klamath to reserve a seat.
Patrick Lynch can be reached through Discover Klamath at: (541) 882-1501.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.