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Farm Fresh Appalachia tours begin this weekend

Submitted by Sylvia Crum • Jun 21, 2018 at 4:30 PM

ABINGDON - Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD), a local non-profit committed to transitioning Appalachia by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy food, is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale now for the First Annual Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour.

Farm Tours will take place in Washington County, Tennessee, on June 23 and in Washington, Tazewell and Russell counties in Virginia on June 30. Tickets are $15 per vehicle for one day or $25 for both days. Tickets may be purchased online at http://arcd.org/registration/ or in person (cash only) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Abingdon Visitors Center, located at 335 Cummings Street in Abingdon, Virginia.

Farms will provide a variety of activities from guided and self-guided tours to demonstrations and hands-on experiences, and most farms will have goods for sale. Participants choose their own schedule for the day and how many farms to visit. All farm experiences are family-friendly for all ages.

“Farm Tours have been a popular attraction all over the country and we are excited to bring this experience to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia as part of our Farm Fresh Appalachia project,” says Rachel Wheeler, Farm Fresh Appalachia coordinator. “This is our first year connecting people in our region to our local farms through two regional tours and we are really pleased to partner with ASD. We aim to make this an annual event for individuals and families who want to see where their local food comes from, meet their farmers and explore our region’s farms.”

Farm Fresh Appalachia and the regional Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour is a partnership between Appalachian RC&D Council, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Boone Street Market and the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, funded by the USDA. For more information, visit http://arcd.org/farmfresh/join-a-farm-tour/.

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