The Need to Tour

Last Saturday at the Deep Roots Festival we had a nice turnout – about 150 people – but the thing that most amazed me was that everybody came for the farm tours.

I have been giving little tours of Lida Farm for years, but this is by far the biggest group I’ve ever had. After our place we stuffed 78 people into a school bus to go to three other locations, including North Circle Seeds, Anderson Apple Orchard, and Twin Oaks Organic Dairy.

I was reflecting a bit on this yesterday. Why the farm tour? Why didn’t 100 people show up for the mushroom or kombucha class or music in the evening? I’m thinking it may have to do with the need to ground ourselves. I’m stuck on a farm all the time, so I’m pretty well grounded, but, for others, the experience may get them into fall and onto the earth. It seems easy today to be lost in cyberspace or issues in the news or a constant running around from activities we create for ourselves and our families. A walk on a farm where the food we eat is produced creates an tangible connection to the season and our sustenance. Or at least I hope that this dose of feet on the farm had this effect.

  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Buttercup Squash
  • Delicata Squash
  • Cilantro
  • Radishes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Salad mix

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