To highlight the rapid expansion of small-scale sustainable agriculture in the region, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery in Carbondale will sponsor a Fall Farm Crawl that will feature 20 farms across five counties in Southern Illinois.
The crawl will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The tour is self-guided, which means that folks can visit whichever farms they choose between 1 and 6 p.m. A detailed Farm Crawl map and guide will be provided by those who sign up. Cost is $15 ($12 for Co-op owners) to take part in the crawl, which includes a 2013 Fall Farm Crawl t-shirt.
By visiting the farms of your choice, you can learn first-hand about the various sustainable farming techniques our local farmers use to grow their fruits and vegetables. Subjects could include crop rotation, cover crops, insect and weed control, composting and more. This is also a great chance to get to meet local family farmers face-to-face. The tour includes a wide diversity of growers, including those who produce a variety of fruits, specialty herbs and vegetables; shiitake and oyster mushrooms; as well as chickens, goats and livestock. Other farms feature hops for brewing frosty beverages as well as grapes for our local wines.
Produce will be available for purchase at some farms. Beverages and prepared food will be available at the two wineries and the brewery.
If you have any questions contact Jerry Bradley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 618-967-4196.