County farms open their doors, fields

(Published September 5, 2006, 10:08 a.m.)

With the interest in family farming and organic foods on the rise, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) and several Walworth County farms will host a daylong open house on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The MFAI Harvest Festival and Farm Tour will feature a variety of family-friendly activities, demonstrations, seminars and farmer's markets at the Institute and at four Walworth County farms. Visitors are encouraged to spend the day in the country, explore life on the farm and gain valuable insight on the issues of local food production and farming. A variety of presentations will also be held throughout the day including beekeeping demonstrations and lectures by Mark McKibben, founder of Uriel Pharmacy, specializing in the creation of natural medicines. An antique tractor display, children's entertainment and breakfast on the farm will also be featured.

"This is a unique opportunity for families and for those interested in organic farming to visit the source and to discover some of the secrets behind farming, crop selection and to participate in fun, informative seminars and demonstrations," said Ron Doetch, executive director of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, located in East Troy.

According to Doetch, all of the farms participating in the festival are family or cooperatively owned and operate in a way that protects and sustains the region's land and water resources. Participating farms include MoonStar Farm in Elkhorn; Elderberry Acres in Whitewater; Uriel Pharmacy in East Troy and Yuppie Hill Poultry in Burlington.

There is no charge to attend the Harvest Festival and Farm Tour. Fresh produce and other items direct from the farm will be available for purchase.

For a detailed downloadable brochure on Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Harvest Festival and Farm Tour, visit www.visitwalworthcounty.com. Additional information can also be obtained by calling Michael Fields Agricultural Institute at (262) 642-3303 or the Walworth County Visitors' Bureau at (262) 723-3980.

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