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8th Annual FARM CONNECTION ADVENTURE with Will Winter as our Guide to Visit Three Great Farms
Monday, November 10, 2014
7:00 am – 5 pm (please make flight arrangements accordingly)
$100 per person includes lunch and transportation. Space is limited. Registration required.
Dust off your boots, grab your camera, and get ready to have some amazing farm fun!
Bring coolers (if you will purchase farm items), comfortable, closed-toe shoes and water.
Why a Guided Farm Visit?
When evaluating a farm, one big concern is to know exactly what to look for, what to ask, and what really matters. Professionally guided farm visits like this enable informed eaters and food activists to learn everything essential. Farmers and ranchers get to accompany us as well! They enjoy the opportunity to have rich connections as well as the chance to learn from other successful farmers who have chosen to devote their lives to producing nutrient-dense food. We get out of the city, out of the hotel and, for most of us, out of our daily milieu. Everyone will come away with new eyes, new parameters and stories to tell.
Of course, the real reason we go is that it is really, really fun! On the bus and at the farms, we learn, but we also laugh, share our stories, and treasure delicious companionship. Many people return yearly—some have said it is their best day of the year!
Our 2014 Indiana tour will focus on raw dairy, biodynamic farming and the intergenerational farm. The tour will include a delicious, nourishing lunch and visits to:
THE SWISS CONNECTION where we will see a 100 percent grass-fed dairy that creates and markets raw dairy products; we will visit the cheese-making facility, the milking barn and taste a panoply of their hand-made cheeses as well as their delicious fresh milk.
THE SIMPSON FAMILY FARM where we will see their pastured pork operation, turkeys and grass-fed beef.
TRADERSPOINT CREAMERY, a truly biodynamic and diverse farm with free-range poultry, pastured pork, and Brown Swiss dairy cows. We like to describe this spectacular farm as if it were created when Martha Stewart married Ralph Lauren and built their dream farm! Yes, it’s that gorgeous! After touring the farm, the staff will provide us with samples of their drinkable yogurts.
Throughout the event, we will be discussing farming and traditional foods as we travel by bus through the countryside. Your tour leaders and guides will be Will Winter and Kathy Kramer.
The attendees (including farmers and non-farmers alike), farmers and our guide combine to make this a great group of people to spend a day with – learning, talking, eating and having fun.
At each farm, the farmers will teach us about what they do plus we are happy to announce that Will Winter* will be our guide again. As we drive to the farms he will cover many aspects of farming that will be of interest whether you farm or not. With his wealth of knowledge and enjoyable manner, he is able to explain extensive details about soil management and farming in a way that is understandable and can increase your appreciation for what farmers do daily to provide us with quality food.
Registration & Load bus at hotel 7:00 DEPARTURE ***7:15 ***
Travel time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
First Stop: 8:30-10:15 Tour: 1.5 hours
Swiss Connection Farm Topics: milking dairy cows and making cheese
1363 E County Road 550 S
Clay City, IN 47841
Travel time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Second Stop: 11:25-12:40 Tour: 1 hour
Darby & Brandy Simpson Topics: pork, beef, turkeys
Simpson Family Farm
1725 Wampler Road
Martinsville, IN 46151
Travel time: 50 minutes
Third Stop: 1:30-4:15 Lunch & talk: 1 hour Tour: 1.75 hours
Peter & Jane Kunz Topics: dairy, mass producing yogurt, ice-
Traders Point Creamery cream, running a farm to table restaurant,
9101 Moore Road organic, farmers market
Zionsville, IN 46077
Travel time: 20 minutes
RETURN TO HOTEL 5:00
Questions: Contact Kathy at email@example.com
* William G. Winter, DVM, received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 1975. He also received a degree in animal husbandry, completed post-graduate studies and conducted research in veterinary toxicology. In 1980 he created the Uptown Veterinarian, one of the largest and most successful holistic veterinary practices in the U.S. In 1983 he co-founded the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He created and owns Rescue Animal Products and launched Sojourner Farms, a raw pet food company. He is the author of The Holistic Veterinary Handbook.
In 1999 he sold his practice and the pet food company to become a free-lance journalist and lecturer, teaching about holistic livestock herd health, sustainable agriculture and traditional nutrition. He has recently founded the American Holistic Livestock Association. In 2008 he founded Traditional Foods MN. He works as a holistic herd heath consultant for grass-based livestock producers and owns and operates Grassfarmer Supply out of Cannon Falls, MN. He also raises Kiko goats, Barbados Blackbelly sheep and Berkshire hogs, conducts invasive weed eradication programs and sells artisanal meats to a direct market buying club.