If you run a farm-related business in Loudoun County, please apply to participate in the 2019 Spring Farm Tour, which will be held May 18-19.

The Spring Farm Tour is a free, self-guided tour for people of all ages. There is no cost to participate as a tour site, and Loudoun Economic Development will promote all tour sites online and in a widely-distributed printed brochure.

The deadline to apply is March 15, and the application is online at biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.

“It’s so important to keep providing opportunities for the community to interact with our Loudoun Farms,” said Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Economic Development. “We’re so lucky to have a great group of talented farmers, and they need and deserve our support.

“Each time customers buy Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown products, they’re not only getting delicious food, they are also supporting local farmers, the local economy and local families.”

All businesses participating as a Spring Farm Tour site are asked to offer an educational component to visitors, such as:

  • A short tour that informs visitors about your animals or crops;
  • Demonstrations, such as animal shearing or other animal care;
  • Informational posters about your farm, products, or methods;
  • Farm-related activities such as scavenger hunts or seed plantings;
  • A short presentation about what you do, why you do it and why it’s important.

Acting Loudoun Agricultural Business Development Officer Vanessa Wagner explained, “We promote the farm tours as an invitation to learn more about the important role that agriculture plays in both the culture and economy of Loudoun County.

“The Farm Tour is an excellent opportunity for our residents and visitors to learn about local food while building relationships with the farmers and small businesses in our rural economy.”

Apply below to be a 2019 Spring Farm Tour site by close-of-business on Friday, March 15, or at biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.

 

 

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