Organic Orchard, Grain, Produce, and Flower Farm Tours
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Starting at Gateway Farm on Joy Rd., manager Ben Kasmenn will guide a tour of the 8 acre organic vegetable and cut flower farm that markets through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, wholesale, and on-site farmstand.
At 3 p.m., the group will travel to Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill, a 100 acre certified organic apple orchard and farm that also grows small grains, raspberries, blackberries, asparagus, hay, and cover crops. The Plymouth Orchards owner, Mary Emmett, will greet everyone and lead a tour of the orchard and farm on hay wagons. During the tour, co-sponsored by the Organic Farmers Association, organic apple tree management, small grain production, multi-species cover crops, and cane berry management will be discussed. After the farm tour, manager Alicia Estrada will take guests to the cider mill to see the organic processing of dried apples. They hope to show the cider press in action, and share samples of some of the season's first cider with fresh donuts!
Registration: RSVP at www.moffa.net by August 17.
Directions: From Rte. 14, take the Gotfredson Rd. exit. Turn left at light on Ann Arbor Rd. and drive 1.25 miles to Joy Rd. Turn left. The sign for Gateway Farm is at the corner of Ann Arbor Rd. and Joy Rd. Park in the farm parking lot or along Joy Rd. From Gateway Farm, drive west on Ann Arbor Rd. for about 1 mile to the Plymouth Orchards Red Shed Market entrance. Follow the farm road to the cider mill parking lot.
This Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours
10685 Warren Rd./10540 Joy Rd.
Plymouth, MI 48170
OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
OEFFA Certification: (614) 262-2022