Farm Tours are drive-it-yourself again this year, with plenty of time to take in a morning farm tour and then head to the convention center for lunch and an afternoon workshop.
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As always, spots are limited so register early to have the best selection of tours. We also encourage folks to carpool with at least one other person.
Unless otherwise noted, Farm Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude by noon.
Sponsored by Organic Valley
Tour Starts at Hungry Heart Farm, then proceeds to Decimal Place and a satellite site of Scharko Family Farm.
Hungry Heart Farm
4314 Almach Avenue
Conley, GA 30288
Hungry Heart Farm is a one-acre diversified vegetable farm grown with sustainable and biological practices just south of Atlanta. Hungry Heart is built on partnerships and collaborations with other farmers, including leasing land from Decimal Place Farm. They are currently in their first year of production.
Decimal Place Farm is a 40-acre Grade A Saanen dairy goat farm located in Clayton County. All pastures are organically maintained. They sell and distribute fresh cheese to the metro Atlanta area through grocery stores, restaurants, and in-person at three weekly farmers markets. Their other passion is education, which is accomplished through field trips, farm tours, and classes.
Visit a satellite operation of 2017 Georgia Organics Pollinator Award recipients, Scharko Family Farms. While the main farm operation is in Fairburn, Georgia, Scharko Farms partner with Mary Yetter to operate an incubator farm next to Decimal Place and Hungry Heart in Conley, Georgia. This satellite operation is a small scale cooperative farm on a larger goat farm. This farm is a good example of how much food can be produced in a small space, and what can be accomplished with great partnerships.
Sponsored by Organic Valley
8715 Atlanta Newnan Rd.
Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268
Serenbe Farms is a 25-acre Certified Organic farm, with eight acres in active, intensive vegetable production in the middle of the spectacular Serenbe community. They use sustainable practices such as crop rotation, bees, high tunnels for season extension, cultivated mushrooms, pastured chickens. Supported by a 90-member CSA, Serenbe Farms also attends two farmers markets per week, and delivers to multiple restaurants in the Serenbe community and Atlanta. They also grow farmers through their apprenticeship program, and have weekly Agritourism in the form of public and private farm tours and harvest activities.
Oxford College Organic Farm
406 Emory Street
Oxford, GA 30054
The Oxford College Farm is a recently established Certified Organic vegetable farm that serves the campus and community through production, education, and research. Produce from the farm is distributed to dining at Oxford and Emory, sold at the Emory University and Oxford city farmers’ markets, and shared with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members in Oxford and at the Emory campus. Favorite education topics include methods of crop rotation, cover cropping, and use of beneficial insects for pest control. Exciting organic research is done on the farm by Oxford and Emory faculty and students, as well as UGA and other non-profit groups.
Attendees of this tour are invited to eat lunch at the Oxford College Dining Hall, which serves local produce – often supplied by the Oxford College Organic Farm. Lunch is $7.97 per person, which is all-you-can-eat and includes vegetarian and vegan options. Those who stay for lunch will also get to hear from Bon Appetit Management Company, the college’s dining provider, about the local and sustainable vendors they use.
**Tour starts at 9:45 a.m.**
Cane Creek Farm
5110 Jekyll Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Cane Creek Farm is a small CSA farm located amongst the subdivisions of western Forsyth County. In operation since 2001, the farm has grown and acquired infrastructure, livestock, medicinal herbs, and shiitake logs to take advantage of different ecosystems on the farm. Classes on organic farming have been offered since 2007. This year, the farm will be offering opportunities for a limited number of farmers to incubate their farm on the land of Cane Creek Farm to help and prepare beginning farmers to establish their own successful farm.
Sponsored by Southern SARE
Tour starts at Urumima and then proceeds to Kitchen Garden.
121 Sams Street
Decatur, GA 30030
The first farm project of Global Growers that inspired many others to follow suit, Urumima Wa Burundi is a one-acre garden managed collectively by seven farm families. The farm features a mix of traditional East African crops and American farmers market staples.
Decatur’s Kitchen Garden
500 South Columbia Drive
Decatur, GA 30030 (6 minute drive from Urumima)
Decatur’s Kitchen Garden is a two-acre market garden with plots for 30 international families designed to build community, offer education about healthy food traditions and growing practices, and enhance biodiversity through cutting edge sustainable resource management. Features include a keyline design, fruit orchard, herb garden, newly added pollinator garden, and a beautiful pond.
Tour starts at Metro Atlanta Urban Farm and then proceeds to Gilliam’s Community Garden.
Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
3271 Main Street
College Park, GA 30337
In 2009, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm began to address the growing need of affordable food in low-income communities through an agricultural model that works to decrease the number of food insecure families by educating them on planting, cultivating and cooking fresh produce. In addition the farm serves as a preventative tool against health issues and crime and encourages social and emotional well being.
Gilliam’s Community Garden
286 Oakland Terrace
Atlanta, GA 30310
Gilliam’s Community Garden is a Certified Organic urban farm growing a large variety of fruits and vegetables, and raising livestock. Their mission is to teach children how to cultivate the land and respect the ecosystem, to instruct residents on how to prepare, juice and eat vegetables from the garden, and to provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables for nourishment and green space for all in the surrounding community to enjoy.
Hickory Grove Farm at Kennesaw State University
1877 Hickory Grove Road
Acworth, Ga 30102
Hickory Grove Farm is part of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University. It serves as an outdoor classroom for Organic Agriculture and Beginning Apiary Studies classes, as well as a facility for community engagement and development and wellness programs for faculty, staff and students.
Tour starts at HABESHA and then proceeds to Truly Living Well.
HABESHA Gardens Complex
477 Windsor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30312
HABESHA’s three-quarter-acre site is located on the grounds of Rosa Burney Park in Atlanta’s Mechanicsville neighborhood, and holistically represents the work of the organization. The garden is an education and demonstration site that serves to promote sustainable urban organic agriculture at neighborhood schools and within the surrounding communities. This is a fully equipped facility that includes geometrically designed raised beds, a rain catchment system, and compost station.
Truly Living Well
324 Lawton Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
See the visionary urban farm that changed Atlanta and earned founder Rashid Nuri the 2017 Georgia Organics Land Steward Award for growing incredible produce and even better people. The organic family that Truly Living Well creates through education and entrepreneurial programs for adults and children generates jobs, and also produces safe and beautiful spaces for the community to gather and serve. TLW grows healthier, more self-sufficient and economically sustainable communities by connecting people to the land through education, outreach and farming. Natural and organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs grow on the three and a half-acre Collegetown Farm and Education Center located in Atlanta’s Westside, just minutes from downtown.
Three, free tours are being offered for farmers, by farmers to deepen the experience of learning directly from some of the area’s most experienced and successful farmers. These drive yourself tours are free for farmers who’ve registered for an Education Pass. Limited space is availed on a first-come, first-served basis.
80 attendees maximum
Operated since 2008 and Certified Organic since 2011, Love is Love Farm aspires to demonstrate that young, land-less farmers can build a successful farming operation and actively serve the good food movement through mindful land stewardship. Love is Love Farm’s Joe Reynolds employs soil-based practices, such as continuous crop rotation, annual cover cropping, on-farm composting, conservation tillage, and old-fashioned hard-work, to cultivate the best and healthiest diversity of vegetables and fruit.
Attendees will learn about: multiple rotations for whole farm success including no till/low till field blocks, high tunnels and field production; compost production partnerships; and greenhouse production for self-sufficient transplant growing.
30 attendees maximum.
Country Gardens Farm is a multi-generational family farm, located in Coweta County, Georgia, which grows local farm fresh food that is sold at one of busiest and most successful farmers markets in the Southeast, Peachtree Road Farmers Market.
Mike and Judy Cunningham, along with several other family members and employees, produce Certified Naturally Grown vegetables, grass-fed beef raw cow’s milk, free-range eggs, pastured pork, and raw, local wildflower honey.
In addition to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, the Cunninghams distribute their products through a 130-member vegetable CSA and a 100-member egg and milk CSA.
Visitors to this farm will be able to learn all about the Cunninghams’ production and distribution methods for their mixed livestock and vegetable operation, as well business approaches that involve multiple generations of family members.
40 attendees maximum.
Come check out one of the most intensively productive operations in all of north Georgia. Learn about the different types of high tunnels (including homemade tunnels), what to grown in high tunnels and when, and how to utilize the very valuable space inside those high tunnels. In short, learn “which crops kill it in the high tunnels. One thin layer of plastic makes a huge difference,” according to Crystal Organic’s owner Nicholas Donck.
Attendees will also learn about compost teas distributed through drip irrigation systems, the NRCS EQIP program, which subsidizes high-tunnel costs, and other options to finance additional high tunnels.
A Spanish language tour is available for this location.