Flagler College's Enactus team planning St. Johns County farm tour
The Flagler College Enactus team and the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance have announced their first Agventure Farm Tour. This is the first in a series of tours organized by advocates for an agritourism corridor through southwestern St. Johns County on April 14.
Tour goers will be able to visit a privately owned long-leaf pine restoration forest farm, the local agricultural town of Hastings and several small family farms.
It comes 14 months after Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam at a St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored breakfast 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,” said spokesperson for Flagler's Enactus team Natalia Fernandez.
The tour will start at 8:45 a.m. at the Rype & Readi Farm in Elkton, then stop at the 94-acre Saturiwa Conservation Area.
For the inaugural tour, people will drive their own cars. Subsequent tours, expected monthly, are are planned to be by van or small bus. Local guides will interpret the visits.
The Hastings stop will showcase the bicycling trail, a 22-mile portion between Vermont Heights and Palatka that is part of a 260-mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop.
The next-to-last stop will be at County Line Produce in Hastings, where an adjacent farm owner sells its produce. The tour will end where it began at Rype & Readi for a Blues, Brunswick stew and Blueberry Brunch.
For the introductory price of $25 for adults and $12 for children, guests get to explore four varying agriculture locations.
Flagler Enactus is a student organization that strives to use the power of entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world.
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