It’s that time again… another field day with Community Farm Alliance and the Agricultural Legacy Initiative! Join us on Saturday for an amazing evening of networking with other farmers (as well as non-farmers like me!) and touring one of my favorite farms in Kentucky. I am even more excited than usual because this week’s event is taking place in my own dear little hometown of Somerset and I couldn’t be more proud you will get to see the best we have to offer.
CFA Field Days are essential to my survival because they help me to reconnect with like-minded folks. It’s always a refreshing reminder you are not alone in your weirdness—everyone here gets your obsession with seed catalogs, heritage chicken breeds, and composting toilets. For me, it is usually much more informative than a classroom workshop or lecture, because you get to see actual working farms and what they are doing.
(Just a friendly reminder, too… the work of Community Farm Alliance is essential to the survival of small Kentucky farms and also Kentucky consumers of farm-grown food… which means each and every one of you. JOIN TODAY!)
A quick word about Cedar Creek—this is a working vineyard and winery, which is fascinating on its own. But the farm is much more than just fermenting grapes. My dear, dear friends, the Wiles family, are constantly working to develop a diverse, sustainable family farm. Their operation is always evolving as they implement more permaculture practices and plant more diverse crops.
In short, the Wiles are our people. To say that I love them and their good work would be an understatement. They are passionate about what they do and are very excited to share it with you. The farm is beautiful—like looking into heaven, as a friend recently told me—and if you don’t come for any other reason, this should be enough:
Here are some of the topics that will be covered:
- rainwater collection
- growing berries
- edible landscaping
- fruit production
- vineyard management
- organic gardening
- bicycle powered grain equipment
- mob grazing cattle
- plant grafting
Afterwards, we’ll have a potluck and a wine tasting, so bring a dish to share and an instrument to play. $5 suggested donation. For directions visit www.cedarcreekvineyards.ne
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