Summer Farm Tour Brings Fun, Education to Families

Six local farms will be open their doors to the community during the inaugural Follow the Farmstead presented by Visit Champaign County and the Champaign County Farm Bureau.

 

This free, family-friendly event, held June 12–13 from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., will showcase a variety of farms in Sidney, Philo and Pesotum. Attendees can discover the emerging technology utilized, tour a centennial farm, interact with farm animals or learn more about equipment used on farms from tractors to combines to tillage equipment and more.

“With agritourism on the rise locally and across the country, we wanted to create an event that allows visitors and residents an opportunity to explore life on the farm,” explains Terri Reifsteck, Vice President of Marketing at Visit Champaign County.  “Follow the Farmstead will be a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into day-to-day life on our farms, large and small.”

As part of its mission to educate, the Champaign County Farm Bureau is excited to be involved in this groundbreaking event, as it will allow the community to access farms and have the opportunity to ask questions.

“Agriculture is the foundation of Champaign County. It is what our community was built on, yet so many in the area are far removed from the process,” states Brad Uken, Manager at the Champaign County Farm Bureau. “This event provides a unique opportunity to open up our farms and give individuals the opportunity to interact, ask questions, and discover the role farming plays in our local economy.”

The farms holding open houses include: 7 Sisters Farm, Sidney, showcasing their Leicester Longwool sheep; Bane Family Meats, Sidney, a non-GMO farm focusing on their diversified livestock; Hastings Crest Creek Farm, Sidney, showcasing high tech equipment and practices; Herriott Farm, Sidney, showcasing corn and soybeans; Rice Farm, Philo, a centennial farm raising beef cattle; and Rund Farms, Pesotum, showcasing Energy Crops from the farm.

In addition to the farm open houses, the Farm Bureau will offer kids activities at Hale Park in Philo with several local vendors will be in attendance. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to the park, where collection boxes will be available.

The event is free and requires no tickets, however maps for the event can be picked up at Hale Park or downloaded online at visitchampaigncounty.org/followthefarmstead.

For more information, contact Terri Reifsteck at 217-351-4133 or terrir@visitchampaigncounty.org.

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