2017’s From the Ground Up Farm Tours were a success! Some people new to Elmwood and others who have been longtime customers and friends came rain or shine, hot or cold. We thank you for your interest in learning more about how food is grown here at Elmwood Stock Farm and how you can join in on the good eating! Until next spring, we’re taking a break from scheduled tours. We still happily offer booked personal tours, see details below. To be the first to know about Elmwood’s 2018 farm tour schedule, follow us on Facebook, like Elmwood Stock Farm on Instagram, and sign up for Elmwood Stock Farm’s biweekly e-newsletter for updates.
A leaf of lettuce has quite a journey to get to your salad plate. It’s not just miles that it travels—though lettuce can travel more than 2,000 miles if it’s not grown locally—but the transformation it makes from seed to food and the way it interacts with the soil biology that’s pretty amazing. On the Elmwood Stock Farm From the Ground Up Farm Tours, visitors will view this sixth-generation, organic, family farm in Georgetown, Ky., to understand how food gets to your plate without the use of chemical pesticides. The tour is not just about the lettuce, either! There are chickens, cows, pigs, turkeys and sheep to see; about 40 other vegetable varieties to talk about; and all of the farm’s wildlife, beneficial insects, bird life and soil life to explore. Home gardeners, too, will learn new ideas to put to work themselves.
“We want to do these From the Ground Up Farm Tours because we really want people to learn about what they’re eating, how that food is grown, who grows it, and how their food choices affect their own health and the health of their communities,” says Elmwood Stock Farm’s Mac Stone. “Last year’s Daytime Tour and Culinary Farm Tour Series drew dozens of people interested in the health, ecology and economy of locally grown, organic food, and we are building on that for the farm tours this year.”
Mac will lead the From the Ground Up Farm Tours through the spring, summer and fall. Anyone who knows Mac knows that these tours will be educational but also entertaining, full of Mac’s personal stories from years of working in agriculture. There is a limit to the number of guests we can host in our small-group farm-tour setting, so preregistration is required for every event. Elmwood Stock Farm CSA members and children under the age of 12 receive free or discount tickets to our farm tours.
Book Your Own Farm Tour
If you would like to take a tour of Elmwood Stock Farm apart from a regularly scheduled tour, please contact us at least two weeks ahead of your preferred date so we can set up a guided tour that can be customized for your group. Our farmers are also available for speaking engagements off the farm—bringing our message to town—for neighborhood, civic, church and community groups.
Some of the topics that can be covered on our farm tours include:
- General farm tours
- Organic plant production
- Organic, pasture-raised livestock and poultry (chickens, turkeys, sheep, cattle and pigs)
- Seasonal eating
- Trees of the Bluegrass region
- Insects (good and bad!) on the farm