What better way to learn where your food comes from than by going to see for yourself? That’s what Ozark Natural Foods, the newest P6 grocery co-op, was thinking when they put together this weekend’s Tour de Farms, an opportunity for owners at their co-op to visit and learn about some of the local producers of vegetables, fruits, herbs, poultry, and more. Attendees of this free event could visit up to nine local farms to learn about everything from chemical free farming to farm-to-school programs to straw-bale greenhouses. People who got their “passports” stamped at five or more farms were entered to win a $100 shopping spree at Ozark Natural Foods. The event drew hundreds of co-op owners and was covered in the local paper.
Farmers didn’t just show off their own production. They educated visitors about how to do it for themselves. Ames Orchard taught about backyard fruit cultivation. Tri-Cycle Farms gave a workshop on container gardening, using soldier flies, and composting. For those ready to take the next step, Ansel’s Produce talked about starting a farm and supporting the next generation of farmers. All these farms know the importance of education and of getting engaged in a local food system.
Congratulations to Ozark Natural Foods on a successful event! We look forward to hearing more from you as you officially launch P6 this summer.