Thursday, May 30, 2013

Local Food/Garden Tour - June 7th

This year’s farm/local food tour will be held Friday, June 7 beginning at 1 pm. We will start at the farm of Brent and Lucinda Coursey, 32728 Highway E, LaPlata, MO. From Highway 63 go east on Highway E for 4 miles. Highway E is 3.3 miles south of the Kirksville Airport. They are on the north side of the road. Look for a red barn with a green metal roof. At the Coursey farm you will see a fruit orchard, strawberries, asparagus, variety of vegetables, greenhouse, square foot gardening, raised beds, wood chip gardening, 6 breeds of chickens, Dorper hair sheep, Scottish Highland cattle, natural and organic practices used, sustainable practices (wind and solar power, wood heat) used.

By 2:30 we will leave the Coursey farm, get back on Highway 63 and travel south to Singing Prairie Farm (John and Holly Arbuckle), 30552 Lantern Street, La Plata, MO. From Highway 63, turn left onto Lantern street. This is directly across from the Depot Inn. You will cross the northbound lanes of 63 onto Lantern. The farm is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles from the highway. While on Lantern, you will cross the railroad tracks and go another half a mile or so. Do not turn onto Mockingbird road which intersects with Lantern.  The Arbuckles have a white house with a green roof. At Singing Prairie Farm you will see vegetables, sugar beets and turnips grown for grazing free range pigs, organic heirloom watermelon, heirloom field corn, grass fed beef, heritage turkeys, chickens and natural and sustainable practices used. Find out more about their farm by clicking here.

The tour is free and open to all interested persons. Pre-registration is not required, just plan to be there at 1 pm. We will provide bottles of water. For more information or questions, please contact the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.

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