Farms offer chance to see where locally grown food comes from

Monday, June 18, 2012 | 7:30 p.m. CDT; updated 7:45 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 18, 2012

COLUMBIA – Slow Food Katy Trail is offering its first group tour of several member farms on Sunday.

The free, public event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. During that time, members of the public are welcome on their own. The farms are:

If you go

What: Tours of organic and sustainable farms that are members of Slow Food Katy Trail

When: From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: At nine farms

Cost: Free

Driving directions available at the Slow Food Katy Trail blog

  • Altai Meadows, Higbee
  • Covered-L Farm, Centralia
  • Deep Mud Farm, Auxvasse
  • Goatsbeard Farm, Harrisburg
  • Happy Hollow Farm, Jamestown
  • Pierpont Farms, Columbia
  • The Salad Garden, Ashland
  • Terra Bella Farm, Auxvasse
  • Walk-about Acres, LLC, Columbia.

All participating farms practice organic or sustainable methods and vary in size and specialty. Walk-about Acres, for example, focuses on raising honeybees; Goatsbeard Farm maintains a herd of about 80 goats.

"Sustainable means farming in a way that leaves the land the same as it was or better and supports the family farmers," said Jennifer Muno, who co-owns Goatsbeard Farm with her husband, Ken.

Steve Landers, owner of Covered-L Farm, emphasized that sales are local.

"I'm going to travel 150 miles in a few days to pick up cattle. That's the longest trip that they are ever going to take," Landers said. 

Formed in 2003, Slow Food Katy Trail is a mid-Missouri chapter of Slow Food. The international organization is dedicated to providing "good, clean and fair food for all," its website states. Founded in 1989, it has more than 200 chapters in the U.S. and more than 1,300 chapters worldwide.

In addition to tours, each farm will offer family-friendly entertainment including music, visits with baby goats, chickens that lay blue eggs and a Narragansett turkey named "Goebels" who calls Pierpont Farms home.

Organizers request that while on the tours, visitors refrain from smoking, entering greenhouses and walking the farms without a guide.

Driving directions to each farm can be found at the Slow Food Katy Trail blog.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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Michael Williams June 19, 2012 | 8:34 a.m.

A Narragansett turkey named "Goebels"???

Oh my.

Look, I understand where you got the name, but for heaven's sake don't forget your history even with the missing "b".

Google it.

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