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Asheville Farm and Garden Tour Nears



6/18/2008 - Asheville Farm and Garden Tour Nears

ASHEVILLE The Mountain Farm and Garden Tour coming up June 28-29 offers people a chance to visit Western North Carolina farmers to see where and how local food is grown.

The tour will feature 29 farms in five counties, including Hickory Nut Gap and Black Mountain Community Garden in Buncombe County; Queens Produce and Berry Farm in Transylvania County; and Sunset Valley Farm in Madison County, among others.

(The Farm and Garden Tour) gets people to the farm to see where and how food is grown in the region, helps them appreciate the beauty and work of farming, and lets them connect personally with farmers, said Elizabeth Gibbs, of Firefly Farm in Burnsville, who helps organize the event.

Besides farms, gardens share the spotlight. I want to show our gardens, not only because theyre beautiful, but because theyre on an urban scale, said Eve Davis, of the Hawk and Ivy bed and breakfast in Barnardsville. They let people see that they dont have to have a huge farm to grow their own food.

It costs $25 per car to visit all farms, or $10 per car to visit an individual farm.

Tour buttons and maps are on sale at many local tailgate markets, Greenlife Grocery, West End Bakery, the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, French Broad Food Co-op, Reems Creek Nursery and from Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.

For more information, call 236-1282 or visit

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