The Sierra Club and Alton Main Street are inviting the public to meet and see the farmers, gardeners and chicken coop owners who will generously display their already grown and growing works from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14.
The Urban Farm Tour of the Riverbend area is returning for the third straight year.
The Sierra Club and Alton Main Street are inviting the public to meet and see the farmers, gardeners and chicken coop owners who will generously display their already grown and growing works from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14. An electronic map of participating farms, gardens and co-ops is being issued to all “tourists” who would like to partake in the free tour, and register by 5 p.m. Friday, June 13.
The tour is an opportunity to get a firsthand look at neighbors and community members making the transition from energy-intensive lawns to yards more closely aligned with sustainability, restoring function in the landscape by producing edible yields. The tour will showcase how this sort of work benefits farmers and mends disconnections with the land.
From the first seeds sown to the final harvest, farmers and gardeners will relay experiences and answer any question that comes to mind for “tourists” on this self-guided tour. After receiving the map, participants will plan out their routes to see sites of interest within the event’s duration. No matter which site one chooses to go to, shining demonstrations of urban homesteading, organic gardening and redefined relationships to the landscape will be provided.
On the same day will be a preview party for the soon-to-open natural cooperative Grassroots Grocery store. The store will work in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market, and this pre-opening party will give community members the chance to get involved. The preview party will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, finishing as the Urban Farm Tour begins.
“Many vendors of the Alton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market are welcoming the public to come and see where the farming magic happens,” said Sara McGibany, organizer of the Alton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market and executive director of Alton Main Street. “We enjoy partnering with the Sierra Club to increase exposure for and appreciation of our local growers.”
“Our goal is to educate and empower the community to eat more local foods because less fossil fuels are used in the transportation from field to table,” said Christine Favilla, Three Rivers Project Manager of the Sierra Club and tour organizer. “Local foods are also fresher than foods that travel long distances and are often harvested before their peak, so it tastes better and is more nutritious and appealing.”
Farms on the tour include the Jamie Hines Discovery Garden, a resident utilizing vertical gardening on Dry Street and La Vista CSA Farm.
To register, participants can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the party leader’s name and number in the party. Participants can go to as many locations and in any order they wish.