Have you ever wanted to tour local farms, learn about 21st century agricultural practices and buy the freshest produce and eggs? Then you’ll want a seat on the bus for the first Tiny Township Farm Crawl taking place Sat. Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“A lot of people don’t realize we are a huge agricultural community,” said Maggie Off, Tiny’s community engagement leader. “The whole purpose of the Farm Crawl is to promote farms in Tiny and to bring people to farms so they know how to buy local and learn what goes into farming.”
The Farm Crawl starts at the Perkinsfield Community Garden before touring four local farms. At each stop farmers will guide the participants around their property and answer any questions. There will also be free samples and farm products available for purchase.
The tour was developed by the Local Food Project, a project approved by Tiny council as part of its strategic plan. Two environmental stewards, Darcy Persad and Nicole Stott, were hired for four months to develop the projects including the construction of the community garden that is wheelchair accessible.
“There is so many farms that want to get involved,” Off said.
There is also a lot of interest from the community so Tiny expects to host the event annually or more than once a year.
Stop 1 is the community garden at Perkinsfield Park on County Road 6 where participants will learn more about the Tiny Local Food Project and gardening practices. Participants will be given re-usable swag bags that will be useful for the four farm stops.
Stop 2 is to the Windlee Farms – Sugar Bush at the north end of Baseline Road. Owners Peter and Anne Lorriman will lead the tour through the sugar shack and provide sample of maple taffy on snow. A local chef will be sharing a maple recipe.
Stop 3 is the Dubeau Family Farm at the corner of Concession 11E and County Rd. 6 N in Perkinsfield. Dennis and Anne Dubeau will educate participants about sustainable growing practices such as green manure, soil management and crop rotation. A wide range of fresh produce, baked goods and preserves will be available for sale at their open air market.
Stop 4 is Monpiero Farm on Cedar Point Rd. in Lafontaine. Pierre Paul Maurice will discuss the progressive, innovative and environmentally responsible farming initiatives used on the large-scale poultry and crop farm.
Stop 5 is Bulbs of Fire Garlic at the corner of Methodist Point Rd. and Dorion Rd. Participants will learn about varieties of garlic, how its grown, a recipe, organic farming practices and the importance of keeping rabbits and chickens.
Tickets are $35 including tax, transportation, a “delicious” lunch, free samples, guided tours of the farms and a swag bag.
“It’s such a good deal.”
Space is limited so reservations are required. To reserve a seat email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Township office at 705-526-4202.