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A day in the Life: Farms give a peek behind the scenes in Berks County Fall Farm Tour [opinion]

Grab those boots and sneakers and take two days with your family to enjoy some agricultural fun and education. You can explore a handful of diverse farms in Berks County on Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov.  21, during the Berks County Fall Farm Tour.

From 1-4 p.m. you can discover and learn about a handful of farm operations that are graciously opening their gates to the public.

Your farm tour journey will lead you through many beautiful backroads in Berks County.  Maybe you want to start at Way-Har Farms in Bernville, where you will get to see their dairy calves and see their milking process of 240 cows daily.

Pure Wild Tea processing facility isn’t too far away from Way-Har. Here you will get to see how they grow their tea, cut it, freeze it or process it right away for the freshest local tea around.

Maybe you want to head over to see all the mama cows at LaFaver Family Farm next. Here you will get to see all their breeding stock that produces a number of calves every year for premium quality beef products that are sold right in their small onsite farm store and other locations.

In the Hamburg area is Crossover Farm, where you will see their hatchery and learn about tilapia from breeding to grow out and tour their in-house scientific laboratory.

Meet the sheep flock and laying hens at Winterside Farm in Lenhartsville and hear about daily farm operations, how wool is made and more.

Visitors to Swartz Roadside Stand in Brecknock Township can expect to meet and learn about their adorable goats. Have you heard about their baby goat yoga or sheep walk programs?

If you stop at Over Home Alpacas in Tulpehocken Township, you will get to see over 100 Suri alpacas in their farm environment. You’ll hear about how to care for these curious creatures and the beautiful fiber that they produce.

We are so excited to offer these two days of family fun and ag adventure. It doesn’t matter where you decide to start or what direction you choose to go. These farms will be ready for you anytime from 1-4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday!

Some other great locations you may choose to visit are ACEC Farm and Market in Perry Township, Irish Creek Stables in Centre Township, and Wild Fox Farm in Barto.

Almost all locations have great farm stores to check out. Supporting your local farmers is so important. They are the backbone of how we can create a better food system, increase biodiversity and create stronger communities.

A huge thank you to the Penn State Extension office and Farm Bureau for help with ideas and resources to make this run smoothly.

We can’t wait to see you all. Check out the B.A.R.N. website (www.berksag.org) and the Facebook event for more details about the tour and its participating locations!

Courtney Shober is B.A.R.N. Ag Project Coordinator.


Source: Berkshire mont

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