2013 Farm Tour

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7th Annual FARM TOUR with Will Winter and Jerry Brunetti Visiting Three Great Farms
Monday, November 11, 2013
7:30 am – 5 pm (please make flight arrangements accordingly)

Cost including lunch and transportation:  $90/person
Space is limited.  Registration required.

Bring coolers (if you will purchase farm items), comfortable, closed-toe shoes and long socks (fire ants can be a nuisance) and water

We always have a great mix of people – farmers and non-farmers.  We have in common a desire to eat quality food and want to learn how good soil management and farming principles are used to produce it. You will be impressed with the knowledge and dedication of these farmers.

In addition to our farmers, we are happy to announce that Will Winter and Jerry Brunetti will be speaking on our tour. As we drive to the farms they will cover many aspects of farming that will be of interest whether you farm or not. With their wealth of knowledge and enjoyable manner, they are able to explain extensive details about soil management and farming in a way that is understandable and can increase the appreciation for what farmers do daily to provide us with quality food.

Will’s experience as a veterinarian, founder of the American Holistic Livestock Association and consulting with Jerry on livestock and forage issues combined with Jerry’s being the managing director of Agri-Dynamics which is engaged in ecological systems approaches to livestock, crop and horticultural programs makes this a perfect and impressive pair to lead our tour.  They are both excited to get out of the classroom and speak about what they love while visiting farms where it is happening.

Each tour teaches us general principles about farming as well as aspects peculiar to the area based on climate, soil, etc. We will be visiting three farms, each offering a different focus.  First, we will visit a large farm milking 80-100 cows daily which they use to make cheese.  Second, we will tour a unique farm that has alpacas, water buffalo, sheep and an endangered bird species program. After lunch we will visit a 4.5 acre farm which uses mobile coops to raise chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and honey.

WAPF–friendly lunch by a local caterer

Registration & Load bus at hotel 7:30-7:45, DEPARTURE ***7:45 ***

Travel time: 1 hour
First Stop:  9:00-10:15
Russell Johnston
Johnston Family Dairy        Topics: milking dairy cows and making cheese
2471 Broughton Rd
Newborn, GA 30056
706-247-5023 (before 6PM)

Johnston Dairy Farm is a family owned and operated dairy that has been in continuous operation since 1956. The dairy was first started by J.H. Johnston in 1956 with 17 cows. At that time, the cows were milked in a flat barn. In 1977, they decided to modernize and the current parlor barn was built.  In 1992, J.H. Johnston’s son, Russell bought the farm and, with his wife, Holly, and their children, Ransom and Rush, continues to operate the farm.  They milk between 80 and 100 cows daily.

Travel time: 45 minutes
Second Stop:  11:00-12:30
David Carrell
Carrell Farms, Inc.            Topics: alpacas, water buffalo, sheep and parrots
710 Riverbend Road
Monroe, GA 30655

Carrell Farms is a 100% grass-based operation consisting of alpacas, Asian water buffalo, and sheep.  Located in Monroe, Georgia, we’re the first alpaca farm in the southeastern US (since 1992).  We also raise 25 species of parrots in an endangered species breeding program.  Recently we began marketing our 100% grassfed meats under USDA inspection. Both David and Shalley Carrell grew up around farming and raised livestock and dairy animals in our youth.  We were members of the FFA and 4-H, went to college to study agriculture in a university system and have spent many years “uneducating” ourselves from the modern, conventional approaches to farming.

LUNCH 12:30 – 1:35
Local WAPF-style caterer

Travel time: 35 minutes
Third Stop 2:15-3:50
Sally Robertson and Barry Gwilt    Topics: chicken, turkeys, ducks, geese and bees
Treffynnon Farm
2109 Sheffield Road, NE
Conyers, GA 30012

In July 2008 Sally Robertson and Barry Gwilt moved from urban life in Atlanta to a 4.5 acre farm in north Rockdale County, Georgia. Their goal is to raise organic foods and a small flock of pastured animals. Sally is a professional actor and director in Atlanta. She teaches theatre at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston. Her interests are varied and include cooking, gardening, massage therapy and Salukis. Barry Gwilt is from Newtown, Wales. He is an expert on large excavation machinery and loves anything with an engine.

Mobile chicken coops. Raising chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, and bees.

Travel time: 40 minutes

Questions:  Contact Kathy at info@westonaprice.org