Ada Soil & Water to Hold Farm Tours 

The song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” holds about as much insight into farming as “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round” has into auto mechanics, as any home gardener can say, but as the Treasure Valley grows, interest in agriculture, both as a source of food and as a lifestyle, has seldom been higher.

“I think people being on farms will make them appreciate farms more. We’re really disconnected from our food,” said Jessica Harrold, programs and administrative coordinator at the Ada Soil & Water Conservation District. “I think when people start making connections with their farmers, they’ll want to preserve the system.”

It’s in those interests that the ASWCD has scheduled a series of farm tours designed for everyone from aspiring farmers to the just-curious crowd. There will be four tours between Sunday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 22, that will introduce folks to farmers in a particular area of the Treasure Valley to educate about the lives of farmers, the tools (and methods) of the trade, and more.

“If you have this curiosity about farming, if you haven’t been around this kind of farming before, it gives you a really good view, what’s needed, the kind of infrastructure, the day-to-day tasks,” Harrold said.

Multiple farms are included on each tour. On Sunday, Aug. 11, attendees will check out Purple Sage Farm, Smith Berry Farm and Kelley Orchards from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on Sunday, Aug. 25, they will go to True Roots Organics, Next Generation Organics and Peaceful Belly Farm. On Sunday, Sept. 1, Eden Creamery, Rice Family Farm and Meadowlark Farm will host from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 22, Feathers & Horns, Global Gardens and Dream Farm Flowers will conduct tours from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Each tour costs $10 per person to attend, and will include a lunch catered by Peaceful Belly.

“[Attendees are] going to see farmers’ passion,” Harrold said. “We’ve asked the farmers to really show what they’re most proud of and what they achieve on their farms. The farmers’ true love of farming is really going to show through.”


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