Save the Date!
18th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour
April 27 & 28, 2013
39 Farms! 3 New Farms!
The 2013 Farm Tour features 39 farms, including three new farms. At Cedar Grove Windy Hill Farm, get a guided tour of the centuries-old farm and see their sustainable practices, their beef cows, and dairy goats that produce milk for goat milk soap. Visit Waterdog Farms on the Flat River northwest of Durham, where they produce herbal teas, cut flowers, and heirloom produce. Or visit Granite Springs Farm near Pittsboro to see oyster mushrooms grown in hanging bags of straw and to learn about their vision of an intentional agrarian community.
Want to volunteer?
Call or email Laura at CFSA and she'll direct you to the online signup. You can pick your date and location from what is available. (Sign up soon to be at your favorite farm!) 919-542-2402,
You'll also get a free teeshirt and a button to tour on the the other
day. This year's tees are made from the first-ever crop of certified
organic, NC grown cotton.
They are made entirely locally and printed at
How it works:
Farm tour buttons, which serve as the ticket for your whole carload (or a group of bikers), are on sale at all three Weaver Street Market locations as well as the Durham Farmers' Market, Chatham Marketplace, and Harmony Farms. Only $25 for two days of fun for the whole family! Or pay $10 per farm "at the door," or $30 for a button "at the door." You can also buy online at CFSA's website.
Load up a car with your friends and family, choose the farms on the map you'd like to visit and get out in the countryside! The tour is self-guided and farms and sites are located throughout the Triangle in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Person counties. Visit any farm in any order. And, don't forget to take a cooler so that you can take home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms!
Profiles and Videos of farms on the Tour:
Farm Tour Favorites:
The 17th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour was hugely successful!
11,836 farm visits to raise $30,000 to support the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association!
Triangle families and locavores, along with aspiring farmers from across the nation, again showed why the North Carolina Piedmont is ground zero for the local organic food revolution by celebrating the 15th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour. The Piedmont Farm Tour is the largest consumer farm tour in the United States, and is co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and Weaver Street Market cooperative grocery. CFSA is the largest and oldest organic farming organization, and Weaver Street Market is the largest cooperative grocer in the Southeast.
Tour visitors saw how local organic agriculture has helped North Carolina rural communities transition away from tobacco and benefit from the growing interest in healthy local food. Farms like Capt. J.S. Pope Farm, Walters Unlimited and Cohen Farm gave consumers lessons in how humane animal husbandry practices create healthier, tastier meats and eggs. Places such as Four Leaf Farm, Eco Farm and Ayrshire Farm showcased intensive organic production of fruits and vegetables that cares for people and soils, while producing everything from broccoli to shiitake mushrooms, and leeks to blueberries.
The tour is both an educational event and a fundraiser for CFSA, a 31-year old non-profit organization that educates, inspires and organizes farmers and consumers to build a sustainable food system for the Carolinas. Weaver Street Market has been an essential partner in building the Piedmont Farm Tour into a Triangle institution. Consumers can find local sustainable farms anywhere in the Carolinas by searching CFSA’s online database at www.carolinalocalfood.org .