Farm Tours: The Next Generation
June 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Back to the land. Eat local. Organic or natural farming. What does this all really mean? And who is this new generation who are buying up small farms as older farmers retire? How does the connection between small farms and local consumers work for both, and is this connection essential to farmers’ survival? What does organic certification mean for both the farmer and the consumer? And how does a farm easement work?
We’ll visit two local farms in the upper Georges River watershed and talk to two young couples who have chosen to farm small and sell local: Hubert McCabe and Sarah Tompkins at Fine Line Farm on West Appleton Road in Searsmont, and Andrew and Victoria Marshall and their two sons at Dorolenna Farm in Center Montville. What are their backgrounds, how did they make the decision to farm, what methods do they use, and how are they adapting to this challenging — and rewarding — new life? You’ll get answers to all these questions, and more, and have a chance to explore their farms in the beautiful upper watershed.
Families are welcome and encouraged to come. You can bring your own lunch and have a picnic after the tour, and we’ll provide lemonade and cookies.
If you plan to attend, please pre-register by June 14 by calling 594-5166 or email at email@example.com. Directions will be provided to those that register.