FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/27/2019
Contact: Lindsey Felty
Market Development Manager
Abingdon, VA – Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour will hold the 2nd annual farm tour on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 9:00am to 6:00pm (exact times vary per farm), rain or shine. Tickets are $20 per vehicle and can be purchased: www.arcd.org/farmtours.
Thirteen unique farm operations are participating in Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Washington and Wise Counties in Virginia, featuring an alpaca farm, vineyards, cidery, a creamery, cattle and sheep operations, a food hub, apple orchard and more. A complete list of farms and tour day activities can be found here: https://arcd.org/farmfresh/join-a-farm-tour/va/.
Farm tourists will have the opportunity to visit a wide variety of farm operations in our region and understand their workings, learn about where their food comes from and meet farmers and food producers. These small businesses and farms will provide guided or self-guided tours, demonstrations, hands-on experiences, animal encounters and some will have goods for sale. Farm Tourists are encouraged to plan their own schedule for the day, selecting the farms they wish to visit and the order in which they visit. All farm experiences are family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Tourists should wear sturdy shoes and dress for changes in weather.
By having the Farm Fresh Appalachia Tours in southwest Virginia in fall this year, farm tourists will be able to experience a variety of farms and farm goods while taking in the mountains and farm lands vistas in their gorgeous fall color palettes.
Farm Fresh Appalachia and the regional Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour is a partnership between Appalachian RC&D Council, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Boone Street Market and the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, funded by the USDA. For more information, visit: http://arcd.org/farmfresh/join-a-farm-tour/.
About Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
Nationally known and respected for its commitment to local farmers, Appalachian Sustainable Development is transitioning Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people with healthy food.
Since 1995, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) has been working in 15 counties in Central Appalachia. ASD’s reach has since expanded to include eastern WV and KY and southeast OH. ASD uses 6 strategies to accomplish its work: education, increasing local food production, developing markets, increasing distribution of local agriculture products, engaging strategic partners, and researching/consulting and advising. ASD operates programs that create jobs in farming and agriculture and address food insecurity. For more information about ASD go to www.asdevelop.org, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter.
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