SC Agritourism Association 2020
Join the only association dedicated to promoting and marketing South Carolina Agritourism Farms! We seek to Educate agritourism operations in an effort to create sustainable activities and attractions; Encourage the highest standards in hospitality and tourism initiatives; Facilitate economic growth by promoting and fostering increased agriculture-based tourism throughout South Carolina; and Advocate proactively on behalf of Agritourism operations within state-level organizations.
SCAA Benefits: M. O. V. N.
M = MARKETING
Being a member of the agritourism association is an excellent marketing tool. Your farm is listed in the directory with farm description, location, hours, offerings and contact information! Your farm is also eligible to participate in the SCAA passport program. A monthly newsletter listing agritourism events for that month is sent out to over 3000 individuals interested in agritourism events around SC. As an SCAA member, you will receive a monthly e-newsletter with helpful marketing tips for members only.
O = ONLINE
Your farm is listed FIRST in alphabetical listing along with a picture and/or logo on the agritourism page on the SCDA website with capability to search farms by county and/or activity. Add your own events on our agritourism calendar. Your farm events can be shared on the Agritourism Facebook page with over 5,000 followers.
V = VISITOR CENTERS
SCAA membership directories, rack cards, and other promotional materials are available at SC Visitor centers as well as at events around the state.
N = NETWORKING
You have access to other agritourism farmers to learn about new things that can be implemented on your farm to benefit you! We hold regional Summer Spotlight meetings and a yearly conference with farm tours. Members can network, ask questions, and get advice in our private Facebook group.
The South Carolina General Assembly has approved legislation creating the Agritourism and Tourist Oriented Directional Signage Program, commonly referred to as the TODS program.
TODS is a program that allows tourism and agritourism-oriented facilities to have directional signing placed in the highway right-of-way. The program is a cooperative effort between the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) and the SC Department of Agriculture (SCDA). Designed to promote agritourism and tourist-oriented facilities in rural areas, the program provides directional signing from the closest primary route, a designated SC or US route.
The SCDA and the SCPRT are responsible for promoting the program and screening businesses to ensure that they qualify to participate in the program. The screening process is referred to as “pre-approval.” Deadline for the Pre-approval Application submission is October 30.
SCDOT’s authorized agent, South Carolina Logos, Inc., is responsible for administering the program and fabricating and installing all program signs. Businesses must submit final applications to SCDOT after receiving pre-approval to participate in the program from the Department of Agriculture or Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The final application is to be reviewed and approved or rejected by the TODS program oversight committee as required by section 57-25-8 of the South Carolina Code of laws.