Farm tours and field trips are offered on both Friday morning AND afternoon. Our Friday Farm Tours are drive-it-yourself and transportation is not provided, unless otherwise noted. Tours are included in your Conference Education Pass and pre-registration is required. Stop for a tour along your way to Athens or join a carpool from The Classic Center. Check out the Conference Facebook Group to arrange carpool options. Attendees will be provided with further directions and parking info once registration closes.
Community-Based Field Trips| Morning and Afternoon Options
Fermentation Field Trip with Cherokee Moon Mixology and Figment Kombucha
5 miles from conference center
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Cherokee Moon Mixology and Figment Kombucha join forces to show attendees how two businesses are using local fruits, herbs, and flowers to craft #wildstyle herbal vinegars, tonics, and kombucha. Take a tour of their breweries, sample products, and gain knowledge about the medicinal properties of these fermented delights.
Athens Land Trust Community Tour
5 miles from conference center
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Athens Land Trust will lead a multi-stop tour showcasing the organization’s work in building homes, increasing access to food, and ensuring the future of greenspace access, and clean air and water for all community members. Stops will include an urban agriculture education and production facility, urban greenspace protected by conservation easements, a neighborhood-style affordable housing development, and a community garden tour lead by Athens Land Trust’s youth crews.
Farm to School Field Trip: Growing Garden Minds at South Jackson Elementary (This workshop has been approved by GeorgiaPDS for 3 clock hours of continuing education credit for early care providers) Athens, GA
*Transportation provided from the Classic Center, departing at 1:30 PM*
1:30 – 5:00 PM
Grow new ideas while learning from a seasoned garden-based educator in his school garden and classroom.
Morning Farm Tours| 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
19 miles from conference center
Family owned and operated by the Bretts, DaySpring Farms was founded in 2011. The 87-acre farm is located just outside of Danielsville, GA in Madison County and is USDA Certified Organic specializing in wheat, corn and dry bean varieties grown and milled on-site. Chris Wilkins, co-founder of Root Baking Company in Atlanta, will join the tour for an opportunity to hear more about how the varieties of wheat grown on the farm are used in baking production. Attendees will learn about the full-circle experience, from field to production to consumption.
Collective Harvest Farm Tour
Winterville, GA, and Athens, GA
22 miles round trip, ends 1 mile from the conference center
Are you interested in a cooperative model of farming to gain more market access? Come see how two seemingly different diversified vegetable farms have joined forces to create a strong cooperative model that in 3 years has grown to 300 CSA members and is 7 farms strong. This three-part tour will include a farm tour at Front Field Farm and Diamond Hill Farm followed by a site visit to the Collective Harvest headquarters.
Afternoon Farm Tours| 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3 Porch Farm
20.3 miles from conference center
Take a tour and hear from some of the best flower farmers in the US right here in Georgia. Mandy and Steve O’Shea have been growing specialty cut flowers and woody perennials for the past 8 years to sell to market customers, florists, designers and for use in Mandy’s floral design studio, Moonflower. In addition to offering some of the highest quality flowers on the market, they also grow fruit for their delicious Honey Pops and keep a crazy rasp of guinea fowl. In addition to exploring their gorgeous farm, they will discuss what it took to make it 100% solar-powered (they’ve also converted their vehicles to use biofuel) and how deep sustainability is not just in how you grow things but in how you give back through your entire farm system. Learn how to increase your profitability and efficiency while increasing your sustainability.
Livestock Farm Tour with The Pastures of Rose Creek and Little Flock Farm
Watkinsville, GA and Colbert, GA
45 miles round trip
Don’t miss your chance to visit two awesome livestock farms to learn about rotational grazing and pasture management and take away tips for broiler and egg production. Our first stop is a visit to the sustainable pasture-raised beef operation Pastures of Rose Creek. Having once been a dairy, PRC has been in Will Powers’ family for 4 generations and offers prime cuts, tallow products, and eggs to both the Athens and Atlanta markets while working side by side with NRCS Grazing Specialist, Philip Brown to optimize and support healthy pasture management. You’ll hear from both Will and Philip about their collaboration and process of experimenting in growing grazing seeds sponsored by Two Rivers RC&D. Next, we’ll head over to Little Flock Farm in Colbert to talk to Meg and Gus about their small scale, pasture-raised poultry operation founded in 2014. In addition to running their farm, Meg and Gus will cover how they founded one of the only cooperative meat models in GA.
Woodland Gardens Hands-On Wxmen Farmers Only Tour
5.8 miles from conference center
Established in 2000, Woodland Gardens is a USDA Certified Organic highly diversified produce operation. Intensive use of high tunnels assists in year-round growing of specialty crops for restaurants, a farmer’s market and a weekly produce box program. Managed by Celia Barss, this farm is known for its quality produce in addition to the precision and professionalism Celia lends to the entire farm system. Come hear from Celia as you take a tour of the farm and explore all aspects of their production system. **Please note, this tour and equipment demo has been requested by various members of the Georiga Organics farmer community to be reserved for any individual who identifies as a woman in a way that is significant to them and non-binary growers. **
The Durham Horticultural Research Farm Hands-On Farmers Only Tour
8 miles from conference center
Join us at the University of Georgia’s Horticulture Research Farm, a 90-acre facility dedicated to research in horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, and soil science. This exciting farmer’s only farm tour will focus on equipment demonstrations on five pieces of heavy equipment, including finger weeders (aka, spider cultivator), spaders, plastic layer with spader, and a tiller and fertilizer spreader combo. **Please note, this tour is for farmers only*
6 miles from conference center
The UGArden consists of 4.5- acres of active farm plots, operated and managed by students of the university. Growing vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, and medicinal herbs this tour will showcase on-farm production of veggies, perennial herbs, and fruit plants. Participants will visit a tiny house made from woodcut on-site, a tractor scale composting demonstration, vermicomposting, shiitake mushrooms, high tunnel, and a walk through our equipment shed. The tour will conclude in the medicinal herb room where participants will sample a selection of herbal teas grown, cultivated, and produced on the property.