Farm Tours

Once again it is time for that popular farm tour, sponsored by the Alabama Sierra Club Sustainable Agriculture Task Force. On Saturday, June 18, a chartered bus will pick up in Montgomery and in Troy to take participants on a trip to see two beautiful area farms: Red Root Farm and the DuBose Farm in Banks. In the morning, Gary Weil of Red Root Farm will show his organic, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm and will share his philosophy about the need for caring for the earth and the health of people in farming practices.

Included in the tour will be a visit to Gary 's store, Dorrill Grocery, where folks will have the opportunity to purchase produce, as well as a variety of organic farm and garden supplies. The trip will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and chat with Alabama farmers who will also be on site for the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) field day.

The two groups will come together at noon in the Banks Town Hall for a wonderful locally grown lunch featuring barbecued or lemon chicken from Black Water Farms, vegetables from Red Root Farm, and Wrights Dairy ice cream topped with locally grown strawberries. The food will be prepared by the nearby L, L & M Soul Food Restaurant.

Following the lunch, farmers and tour participants will hear Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus in agricultural economics, from the University of Missouri . This will not be your "usual" economics presentation, but a heart-warming, inspirational presentation about the importance of our small family farms.

The afternoon tour will be to Dubose Farms, where brothers Fred and Robert DuBose will tell about the loving care with which they work the soil and grow the produce they supply to the surrounding communities.

Folks will also have the opportunity to visit their roadside store to purchase veggies. Many thanks go to the farm tour planning committee: John and Kim Ackerman, Mary Stephens, Dick Short, Laura LLoveras, and Michael Mullen!

Space will be limited. Recent tours have had waiting lists! For more information, call John or Kim at 334-361-4732 or email . If you are a farmer and wish to register for the ASAN Field Day instead, Call 256-520-2400.