Mark Your Calendars: Now Announcing Elmwood’s 2018 Farm Tours!
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 Elmwood Stock 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. “Our first season of farm tours drew dozens of people interested in the health, ecology and economy of locally grown, organic food. We are continuing to build on those interests each year.”
In 2018, Elmwood will offer two different farm tour series. Mac will lead the From the Ground Up Tour Series 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. These tours will focus on the history and current production of organic produce and livestock at Elmwood Stock Farm.
The Nature Study Tour Series will have focused topics of interest this year. Mac Stone and a guest expert will guide us in learning, sure to be both informative and fun.
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 may receive discounted tour tickets by contacting the farm directly.
From the Ground Up Tour Series:
Tuesday, October 2nd – 4:15-6:15 pm Special Topic: Turkey Time! Click here to register now!
Nature Study Tour Series:
Tuesday, May 29th – 4:45-6:45 pm Birding at Elmwood with Laurie Thomas of UK Forestry Dept., COMPLETED
Tuesday, June 19th – 4:45-6:45 pm Trees of the Bluegrass with Rob Paratley of UK Forestry Dept., COMPLETED
Tuesday, July 31st – 4:45-6:45 pm Good Bug, Bad Bug with Lauren Fann and Nathan Mercer COMPLETED
Tuesday, September 25th – 4:45-6:45 pm Secrets of Soil with Dr. Krista Jacobsen Click here to register now!
Thursday, October 18th – 3:30-5:30 pm Wonderful World of Wildlife Click here to register now!
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