Sunday, June 7-8 marked the inaugural Triad Farm Tour. Visitors were greeted with open barn doors and farm gates at 17 scenic and sustainable farms throughout the Triad in Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties. This self-guided tour, sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, featured working farms and gardens and fed the Triad’s growing passion for local food and farming.
If you frequent our wonderful farmers markets in Winston-Salem, you’ve most likely purchased produce or meats from one of the many farms on the tour. Participating farms included Buffalo Creek Farm & Creamery of Germanton; Emmaus Farm and Sunset Farms of Snow Camp; Harmony Ridge Farm of Tobaccoville; Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle; Milk & Honey Farm in Yadkinville; Keep Your Fork Farm and Plum Granny Farm of King (pictured); Reedy Fork Farms of Elon; Sanders Ridge Vineyard & Winery of Booneville; Schoolhouse Farm of Pleasant Garden; Two Shovels Farm of McLeansville; Ward Farm of Whitsett; Wings of Dawn Farm of Liberty; Winstead Farm of Winston-Salem; and Yellow Wolf Farm of Walkertown.
Some of the unique sights and activities experienced by visitors along the two-day tour included seeing lots of cute baby farm animals, including baby chicks, pigs and goats; going on hayrides; learning gardening and growing techniques such as composting, season-extending hoop houses, permaculture, small-scale family gardens and raised vegetable beds; learning how these farms grow vegetables, fruits, flowers, mushrooms and more without harmful pesticides; learning what it really means to “eat like a pig” and why farm animals love pasture; learning what a chicken-tractor or “Hen-a-bago” is; getting a behind-the-scenes view of a goat and a cow dairy, a truffle farm, a winery, a farm that specializes in garlic, ginger and berries, and another that grows wheat; and discovering what a circa 1900 historical farm is like. Many visitors enjoyed a farm-fresh picnic or snack with food and treats bought at the farms.
“So many children have read storybooks about farms and farm animals, but have never actually seen a farm. By touring, children and adults learned where their food comes from and what a real farm is,” said Roland McReynolds, Executive Director of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). “It’s a great way to see how food is produced on sustainable small farms and support the local farmer who grows it!”
Tickets for the two-day farm tour were $25, and proceeds support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. www.carolinafarmstewards.org.