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Farm Photos: Piedmont Farm Tour

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April 19-20, 2008

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

The 13th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour attracted thousands of visitors to 35 different farms in Chatham, Alamance, Orange, and Durham counties. The farm tour is co-sponsored by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and Weaver Street Market as a fundraiser for CFSA.

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Benjamin Vineyards

Benjamin Vineyards has quickly made a name for themselves by using sustainable techniques and unique trellising to grow high quality muscadine grapes, as well as viniferous French and French-American hybrids. Benjamin wines have received numerous awards and range from dry table wines to sweet country favorites.

You can find Benjamin Vineyards at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market, and the Saxapahaw Farmers’ Market. Learn more by visiting their website.

Andy Zeman of Benjamin Vineyards

Andy Zeman (in blue shirt and cap) talks about the sixteen varieties of grapes he grows on his 5 acre vineyard near Saxapahaw.

vineyard

new growth on grape vine

Lindale Farm

Lindale Farm is a 200 acre fourth generation dairy and poultry farm that is now known as Chatham County’s first certified organic dairy! Lindale Farm produces milk for the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley which is sold through local stores such as Chatham Marketplace and Weaver Street Market.

Neill Lindley (in red shirt and hat) talks about transitioning his dairy to organic production. Neill is a a great ambassador for organics, and loves to tell folks how his approach to farming has evolved as he has transitioned to organic production. Neill’s focus is on building healthy soils which support healthy forage crops that in turn make for happy and healthy cows.

Neill Lindley and visitors

Neill fielded endless questions about running an organic dairy. Visitors were very interested in learning what it takes to produce organic milk.

The 100-Holstein cow herd didn’t seem to mind having an audience all afternoon! They were too busy grazing on the lush green grass the rains had brought.

kids and cows

The kids were facinated by the cows. Isn’t this what the farm tour is all about?

grazing cows

These are happy cows, waiting patiently for their evening milking.

Celebrity Dairy

Celebrity Dairy is always a big hit on the farm tour and a great place for families to visit for some quality time hanging out with the very playful goat kids! Celebrity Dairy produces several types of goat cheeses which are sold through area farmers’ markets and to Triangle restaurants and select grocery retailers. An on-farm Bed and Breakfast attracts many visitors as do the monthly on-farm gourmet dinners, weddings, and other special events.

You can find Celebrity Dairy at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, the Durham Farmers’ Market, and the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market. Learn more by visiting their website.

goats greet visitors

No one can resist the charms of the celebrity goats! Since they are milked twice a day they are very accustomed to human contact and tend to be quite affectionate and curious. Approximately 80 goats provide the milk that owner Fleming Pfann turns into award-winning farmstead goat cheese.

visitors enjoy some time with the goat kids

Audrey and her mom enjoy some one-on-one time with a week-old goat kid.

Audrey and her mom meet a new kid

Owner Brit Pfann makes the introduction!
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