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Mark your calendars for the Northern Neck’s 2012 Down on the Farm Tour

Stratford Hall is featured in the 2012 Down on the Farm tour.

The agricultural heritage of the Northern Neck–everything from angus cattle, to fruits and vegetables to alpacas and wine grapes–will be on display May 12, as the Northern Neck Tourism Commission puts on the 2012 Down on the Farm tour.

The tour features seven farms–four in Westmoreland County and three in King George County–and also includes the King George Farmers Market.

The farms will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at no charge. The farmers market runs from 8 a.m. until noon at King George Elementary School.

Lisa Hull, tourism coordinator for the Northern Neck Tourism Commission, said the tour is an opportunity to see a wide variety of agricultural operations up-close, while getting back in touch with a piece of Northern Neck history.

“It’s a way to get people conscious of the agricultural heritage around us,” Hull said. “It’s a big part of who the Northern Neck is and has been in the past.”

Farms featured on the tour are:

  •  Stratford Hall – Visitors can see Devon cattle, commercial honey production, farm animals and a sawmill.
  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument – Visitors can see a plant clinic, rain barrels, spinning and weaving and farm animals. Snacks will be for sale here.
  • Westmoreland Berry Farm – Visitors can purchase strawberry shortcake, ice cream and sundaes, take $1 wagon rides and learn about rain barrels and bees.
  • Ingleside Vineyards – Visitors can tour a mobile walk-through educational unit of the Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District, take vineyard tours and sample wines, with $5, $7 and $10 tasting options available.
  • Evening Skies Alpaca Farm – Visitors can learn about alpaca care, craft projects, fiber arts, spinning & weaving, VA Cooperative Extension activities and purchase Big Kahuna Kettle Corn.
  • Waterloo Farm – Visitors can see black and red angus cattle, vintage farm equipment, land protection, conservation easements and farming best practices. Future Farmers of America will be selling hot dogs.
  • Friendly Cottage Farm – Visitors can see fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey bees, Native American history, water-conservation practices, forestry exhibit and vermicomposting.

Full full address and information for each farm click here.

While visitors can drive directly to the farms they want to visit, Bay Transit and will be providing free transportation to the farms that their vehicles can access. Visitors can park at any of the following farms and ride free transportation among the others on this list during tour hours:

Stratford Hall, George Washington Birthplace, Westmoreland Berry Farm, Evening Skies Alpaca Farm.