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High Country Farm Tour

The High Country Farm Tour (July 22-23) has been organized by the High Country Chapter of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to educate local residents about progressive agricultural practices. Local residents with an interest in sustainable forestry practices are encouraged to attend this event as many of these farms maintain productive forestland.

High Country Farm Tour Showcases Agricultural Innovators

On Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, several area farms will open their doors to High Country residents and visitors interested in learning more about diversified and innovative agriculture. Farms will be open for visits from 1 PM until 5 PM each day. The tour, jointly sponsored by the High Country Chapter of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES), will give a “behind the scenes” look at sustainable production of foods, fibers, and other agricultural goods.
The farm tour spans ten farms in Watauga and Ashe counties, with crops and livestock as diverse as organic broccoli, llamas, sorghum, shiitake mushrooms, alpacas, orchard fruits, and much more. Brochures with maps and farm descriptions are available at the Ashe and Watauga Cooperative Extension offices, the Ashe and Watauga visitor centers, and at the Watauga Farmers’ Market in the Horn in the West parking lot.
People interested in taking the farm tour may drive their own vehicles, and car-pooling is encouraged. CFSA will ask for donations to cover costs of the tour and other work promoting sustainable agriculture in the High Country. Recommended amounts are $20 per car for the whole tour, or $5 per car per farm.





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