Flagler College Enactus and the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance announce first 'Agventure' farm tour
It’s time to pack up the car with your family and friends for a tour through southwestern St. Johns County. This tour, organized by advocates for an agritourism corridor, will take place on Saturday, May 12.
Tour-goers will visit a privately owned longleaf pine restoration forest farm, the ag-center of Hastings at the cusp of a turnaround, and other small family farms.
This comes 14 months after Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam urged agritourism - people visiting farms - as a way to help keep family farms in business.
“In a world in which technologies are advancing and populations keep growing, our farming communities have been dying,” says Natalia Fernandez, spokesperson for a Flagler College entrepreneurship program called Enactus.
Local guides will interpret the visits. Agritourism will benefit the multiple agricultural sites toured.
There are two exclusive tours offered. The morning tour will start 9 a.m. at the Rype & Readi Farm in Elkton then proceed to the 94-acre Saturiwa Conservation Area. The afternoon tour, “Saturiwa Sunset Tour”, will begin at 4 p.m. at the Rype & Readi farm in Elkton. At the end of the afternoon tour, visitors will experience an exclusive sunset view of the St. Johns River at the Saturiwa Conservation Area.
The price of the morning tour is $15 for adults and $10 for children; the afternoon tour is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Guests will get to explore four varied agricultural locations. Join Flagler’s Enactus team for a new and exciting way to appreciate local farms.
For tickets and more information for the morning farm tour, click here.
For tickets and more information for the afternoon farm tour, click here.