Sustainable Midlands announced that the 2017 Midlands Farm Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 9. Through the tour, Midlands citizens are offered an exclusive behind the scenes look at the inner workings of up to ten sustainable farms in Richland and Lexington counties.
The participating farms are: Carolina Bay, Fire Barrel Farm, The Winery at Mercer House, Up On Cedar Knoll, Leesville Aquaponics, Terra Kotta Farm, Meador Acres Chestnuts, Arnold Farm, and more to come. This year promises a unique experience with the inclusion of niche products like indigo and chestnuts, as well as a range of interesting farming practices, such as:
Hyperlocal Wine Production
Farms utilizing the “360 method” of composting
Rainwater harvesting, and the use of alternative energy sources.
In keeping with the mission of Sustainable Midlands to encourage responsible growth, ensure access to local food, and establish a healthy environment for all Midlands communities, the Midlands Farm Tour connects Midlands consumers with local producers practicing farm stewardship and sustainability. The goals of the tour are to strengthen relationships within our growing farming community and to bolster support for our local food nexus.
“Every year we seek to engage a diverse sampling of farms to give the community an engaging immersion into the local agricultural economy- and have some fun!” said executive director Autumn Perkins.
All-inclusive ticket prices are just $10, and guarantee access to all farms on the tour. Children under the age of ten, and WIC, SNAP, and EBT beneficiaries are admitted to the entire tour free of charge with proof of eligibility.
Sustainable Midlands is a grass roots, nonprofit organization, building community networks and sustainable solutions through individuals dedicated to building a strong community, a healthy environment and a stronger local economy. The mission of Sustainable Midlands is to encourage responsible growth, ensure access to local food and establish a healthy environment for all Midlands communities. Sustainable Midlands initiatives include the Rocky Branch Watershed Alliance, Local Food, Midlands Green Congregational Initiative, Clean Water, Sustainable Schools, Community Seminars, Sustainable Leaders, and Clean Air Partnerships.