Upcoming Events

2015 Farm City Farm Tours

Farm City Week2

The Marshall County Extension Office is pleased to announce an exciting agricultural experience to local residents. In cooperation with the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Extension is sponsoring a day of agricultural learning in Marshall County on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

For this year’s Farm Tours, we have arranged to visit two farms, Sumner Farm and Maggie Valley Berry Patch and Gardens. Sumner Farm, located in the Boaz/Kilpatrick area, is a 162 acre beef cattle and poultry operation, specializing in South Poll Grass Feed Beef Cattle, a hardy grass fed breed. Maggie Valley Berry Patch and Gardens, located in Grant is a commercial horticulture operation with 6 acres of strawberries (70,000 plants), 1 acre of peaches and ¼ acre of blueberries. Both of these farm visits promise to be both educational and pleasing.

In addition to the farm visits, a number of local agricultural leaders will be present to discuss the importance of the agricultural industry in Marshall County and the state of Alabama. At the second visit, lunch will be provided by the Marshall County Master Gardeners. A bus will be available for transportation to and from the farms, but each attendee may drive his/her own vehicle if desired.

The event is open to the general public and is FREE of charge. Please RSVP by calling the Marshall County Extension Office at (256) 582-2009.

For questions or concerns contact Hunter McBrayer at (256) 302-0510 or by email at: rhm0015@aces.edu.

Please review attached flyer for more information:

Farm City Week Farm Tours Flyer-15

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, rhubarb, beans in the foreground, people buying and selling under umbrellas in soft focus in the background

Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!