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Grundy County Farm Crawl & harvest dinner Oct. 2

September 18, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

Support local agriculture by joining us for a day filled with fun and education. Start the afternoon off by visiting four local farms for a self-guided tour of Grundy County agriculture. Learn how local producers grow your food, produce Christmas trees, provide for and care for livestock responsibly and much more. Enjoy activities for the entire family at each farm.

Grundy County Extension Program Director Shari Sell-Bakker says, "The focus of the 2016 Grundy County Farm Crawl is to support Grundy County producers and to invite consumers, other producers, families and visitors to see the farms, learn about their daily routine and to hear more about what is being grown right here in Grundy County! I am so excited that this year we are able to incorporate fruit and vegetable producers as well as livestock and Christmas tree growers. Each farm has a unique growing system, and will provide great insight into the future of local food production and agriculture in general."

Participation in the farm crawl is free and you can visit one farm or all four, no pre-registration is required. Please note there is a fee to visit Barn Stahl Petting Zoo only. At your first farm, be sure to grab a Farm Crawl bingo card, get a stamp at each farm you visit that afternoon and if you visit at least 3 of the farms, be entered into a drawing for a basket of locally grown goodies!

Program sponsored and supported by ISU Grundy County Extension & Outreach, Main Street Grundy Center, Grundy Center Chamber of Commerce & Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership.

From 1:00 4:00 p.m. visit the following farms:

Kruse Christmas Tree Farm (20420 O Avenue, Grundy Center): Fun, food, trees, wreaths and other Christmas dcor available at the tree farm! Cut your own tree down or buy one of our pre-cut trees!

Revisit your Roots (27522 Marble Ave, Grundy Center): Community supported agriculture providing free range chickens without growth hormones, farm fresh eggs, vegetables straight from our garden and lean pork. Come on out and see our high tunnel wind production system, aquaponics system, llamas, donkeys & ponies!

Cracked Up (24354 S Avenue, Reinbeck): Where great eggs and family fun come together.

Barn Stahl Petting Zoo (16519 185th Street, Wellsburg): Approximately 10 acres of family fun, including a corn maze, petting zoo, playground and picnic area. Pumpkin patch and pick-your-own pumpkin available in the fall!

A full map and more detailed description of each farm can be found at



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