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This Saturday, you can pick up a Farm Passport and join a tour of some of the Shelby County’s biggest agribusinesses.
The Shelby County Extension Office and Metzger’s Country Store are sponsoring the county’s first Good Neighbors Farm Tour, during which residents can tour eight farms and farm businesses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“It’s a self-guided tour that’s going to give people a good sample of what’s being done in our county,” said Corrine Belton, county extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. “This is the first time we’ve attempted something like this, and it’s going to be a full day.
“Shelby County is an agricultural county, and this will give people a chance to really see what’s going on.”
Although the tour is free and self-guided, Belton said organizers recommend participants start at either Metzger’s or the Shelby County Farmers’ Market.
“Those are our two starting points,” she said. “You can pick up a tour map with a description of the events at each stop and directions to each place. There is also a QR code that you can scan with your [smart] phone for directions. And that’s also where you can get your Farm Passport.”
The Farm Passports are stamped at each location, and when participants are finished for the day, they can drop the passport off at any stop on the tour.
“We’ll have a drawing at the end for collection of Kentucky Proud and Shelby County items that we’ve put together,” Belton said. “Then you’ll be entered one time for every stamp you’ve collected throughout the day. If you make it to all eight stops, you’ll be entered eight times.”
Although making it to every stop could be tough.
“Oh, it’s going to be a full day,” Belton said with a laugh.
The farm stops are:
“It’s a long day, but that’s a great way to kind of settle in and wind down,” Belton said. “Hopefully everyone will come out and get around to as many of the stops as they can. Even if you can only make one or two, I think they’re all going to be worth it.
“With the buy local movement continuing to grow, this is a great way to get to know some of your area farmers and where you food comes from.”