2018 Chatham County Farm and Industry Tour

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The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension is hosting its annual Chatham County Farm and Industry Tour on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For over 20 years, the Chatham County Center has led this popular tour to increase public awareness of Chatham County agriculture, forestry, and industry.

The Farm and Industry Tour is sponsored by the Farm Bureau Chatham County. Four educational stops are planned for this event. Please see the description for each stop below:

Brush Creek Swiss Farm

Brush Creek Swiss Farms is owned and operated by Norman and Karen Jordan, and is located in the western part of Chatham County. It is currently milking around 75 registered Brown Swiss cows. This farm has been a closed herd for more than 35 years and is proud of their biosecurity efforts. They grow all of their own forages and replacement animals. The Jordan family first moved to the farm around 1780. Though the farm has been here for a long time, they are keeping up with the times through the use of modern technology. The farm is using a software called CowManager, which is used to monitor the health of each individual cow, relaying critical data directly to their smartphones.

Green Panda Farms

Green Panda Farms is owned and operated by Navy Veteran and urban farmer Tenita Solanto. The farm, which was inspired by Tenita’s desire to start a farm that focused on growing healthy superfoods for its customers, is located just outside of downtown Siler City. As evident by Tenita’s farm, she is very passionate about helping others and teaching the community about living a healthy way of life. The quality foods produced by Green Panda Farms allows their customers to create delicious masterpieces in the kitchen.

M&M Alpaca Farm

M&M Alpaca Farm is owned and operated by Marty and Mary Raynor. It is located just outside of Pittsboro, off of Hwy 64. For Marty Raynor, M&M Alpaca Farm is a dream come true. The animals are bred and raised to show at the many alpaca events around the country. In addition to the breeding program, there is an on-site Fiber Studio and Educational Center.

Starrlight Mead

Starrlight Mead is owned and operated by Becky and Ben Starr. It officially opened in Pittsboro in 2010. Since opening their business, they have been recipients of numerous awards and honors including the 2017 Best of the Triangle Locally Made Wine (Indy Weekly). Maybe you’ve heard of mead from literature or maybe you remember it from your history books. Whatever you may already know, now is the perfect time to explore mead: wine made from honey.

Get Your Farm Tour Tickets!

Tickets cost $20 per person and includes transportation, catered continental breakfast, and lunch at Bestfood Cafeteria. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center office. You can purchase tickets online or in-person at the Chatham County Cooperative Extension office located in the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (1192 US Hwy 64 W Business, STE 400, Pittsboro, NC 27312). Checks should be made payable to Chatham County Cooperative Extension. The tour is limited to 80 individuals on a first-pay, first-serve basis. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, September 28th.

Please note: To ensure that we have enough time for each tour stop, we are asking participants to please check-in at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, between 8 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. During this check-in time, participants can enjoy a catered continental breakfast.

We do request that participants wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire (full-length pants are advised). Closed-toe shoes are REQUIRED for the tour.

For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center office at 919-542-8202 or email extension.programs@chathamnc.org.

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy), and veteran status. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating. Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919.542.8202, ginger_cunningham@ncsu.edu, or in person at the County Extension Office at least 30 days prior to the event.