We recently had the pleasure of attending the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's 14th annual Piedmont Farm Tour in the North Carolina triangle region. This is a self-guided tour encompassing 40 farms, where visitors pay by the carload to attend as many or as few as they wish. We had three farms on the tour this year: Baldwin Beef (grassfed Charolais cattle), Captain John S. Pope Farm (grassfed lamb), and Cane Creek Farm (pastured pigs). We met some wonderful people and had a great time talking with folks on the tour about Animal Welfare Approved and what being certified means (in between lamb burgers and popsicles!). Congratulations to the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association for pulling of yet another successful tour. Each one gets better than the last!
Squish, squish, squish. That’s the sound everyone heard yesterday over and over at Empire Farm Days. The night before Seneca Falls was hit with torrential rain that made the conference site at Rodman Lott & Son Farms decidedly soggy! At first this was a blessing because passersby took refuge in our little patch of dry-ISH grass and it gave us an opportunity to talk to attendees who may have walked right by us. However, the mud ended up spreading and by the end of the day we were all a soggy bunch of people with REALLY muddy feet.
Mud or no mud, day one of Empire Farm Days was fun and successful. We’ve met some wonderful farmers we may never have connected to had we not been sitting at our soggy exhibit. It’s a real celebration of agriculture here in Seneca Falls and attendees were able to participate in a wide variety of activities – from practical lectures such as “Increasing profitability for smaller dairies” to the more decadent and fun activities such as the New York Wine and Cheese Sampling and the “Old Iron” Antique Tractor Parade.
That’s all for day one, but if you’re in the area you should stop by for days 2 and 3 and meet me and our new auditor Richard Long. Empire Farm Days is a free event. Just remember to wear mud ready footwear! For more details about the event please visit the website.