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The agricultural use category includes the following subcategories:
(A) Agriculture. The use of land for agricultural purposes, including the growing of farm crops, truck garden crops, animal and poultry husbandry, apiculture, aquaculture, dairying, floriculture, horticulture, nurseries, tree farms, sod farms, pasturage, viticulture and wholesale greenhouses when such agricultural purposes constitute the principal activity on the land.
(B) Community garden. An area of land managed and maintained by a group of individuals to grow and harvest food crops and/or non-food, ornamental crops, such as flowers, for personal or group use, consumption, sales, or donation.
(C) Horticulture, nurseries and greenhouses. A principal use involving propagation and growth of trees or plants in containers or in the ground for wholesale sales and distribution. Does not include on-site retail sales unless such retail sales activities are otherwise permitted in the subject zoning district.
(D) Agritourism. Farm-related enterprises that operate for the enjoyment and education of the public and that combine tourism and agriculture. Agritourism uses include those that are for-profit and those that are provided free of charge to the public, including all of the following:
(1) Agriculture cultural center. A facility established for the purpose of educating the public about agricultural activities, or the heritage and culture of agricultural activities, in addition, this use subcategory included museums dedicated solely to agriculture themes and living history farm sites.
(2) Agritainment. Events and activities that allow for recreation, entertainment, and tourism in conjunction with agriculture support and services directly associated with on-going agricultural activities on-site that are for-profit. Events and activities include the following: hay rides, corn mazes, hay mazes, petting zoos (farm animals only) and agricultural festivals.
(3) Eco-tourism enterprise. Tourism activities and facilities that focus on visitation and observation of or education about natural history, indigenous ecosystems, native plant or animal species, natural scenery or other features, of the natural environment. Eco-tourism enterprises may include cultural activities related to such activities or work projects that help conserve or safeguard the integrity of a natural feature, habitat or ecosystem.
(4) Farm markets. An on-site, accessory use to a working or active farm that includes the sale of horticulture or agricultural products, including, perennial, annuals, bulbs, dried flowers, compost, Christmas trees, fresh produce, honey, cider, and similar agricultural products. A minimum of 50% of the products sold must be agricultural products produced on-site.
(5) Farmer's market, community-scale. A facility with a maximum area of less than 5,000 square feet in gross floor area or ground area that sells or provides fresh agricultural products directly to the consumer in a market setting. Farmer's markets may include multiple vendors who offer homegrown produce raised by the vendor or produce bought by the vendor on consignment, for retail sale.
(6) Farmer's market, regional-scale. A facility that is 5,000 square feet in gross floor area or ground area that sells or provides fresh agricultural products directly to the consumer in a market setting. Farmer's markets may include multiple vendors who offer homegrown produce raised by the vendor or produce bought by the vendor on consignment, for retail sale.
(7) Restaurant, farm-based. Restaurants on tracts occupied by a working farm that serve food and beverages primarily to customers seated at tables or counters located within a building or designated outdoor seating areas. At a minimum, 50% of the food served at this type of restaurant must be grown on-site, or on tracts that are part of the subject farm.
(8) Participatory farms. Farm-based, tourism-driven enterprises where individuals or groups pay to participate on a working farm or dude ranch.
(9) Rural retreat. An establishment that is part of a working farm that provides temporary overnight accommodations for individuals or groups engaged in supervised training or personal improvement activities. Examples include corporate retreat facilities, educational retreat facilities and working farm learning centers. Restaurants are an allowed accessory use.
(10) Wine tasting room. A facility in which wine products grown or processed on the owner's property may be tasted and sold. This definition may include the following as ancillary uses: gift/retail sales, assembly areas and meeting rooms.
(11) Rural events. Events and activities that are operated for profit and not open to the general public. Examples include wedding barns, event barns or use of the property or any portion to host weddings, parties, receptions or other special events.
(Ord. effective 10-1-2012; Ord. 18-1, passed 1-18-2018; Ord. 18-221, passed 8-16-2018)