The 2014 High Country Farm Tour seeks volunteers

May 22, 2014

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) will host the 2014 High Country Farm Tour from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, in Ashe and Watauga Counties.

This annual event provides community members with opportunities to visit local farms, connect with farmers, and learn more about local family farms that grow food sustainably.

Tickets cost $25, but the event is free to those who volunteer.

The 2014 tour features 20 Farms in Ashe and Watauga Counties. Participating farms will hold an “open house” from 2-6 p.m. and visitors can pick which farms they would like to tour during the course of the afternoon.

The tour offers visitors a chance to hear firsthand from the people producing food right here in our community.

Greens growing in gutters, biodynamic beekeeping and bioshelters are only a few of the innovative approaches featured on this year’s tour. The Tour includes plenty activities for children of all ages including the Lil’ Locovore Learning Series and exciting alpacas, highland cattle, chickens, goats, and pigs to meet.

The weekend of the event, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture needs help selling tickets, keeping track of everyone that visits, guiding visitors, and keeping the tour running smoothly.

In exchange for volunteer time at one training session and one four-hour shift from 2-6 p.m. June 28-29, volunteers will receive a FREE T-shirt and Farm Tour pass for a non-volunteer day.

“I just enjoyed the whole experience of interacting with the farmer and the visitors,” said one 2013 volunteer.

“Everyone that I worked with was very friendly. It was very homey and a great sense of community. It was a wonderful experience and I will definitely return next year as well,” said the volunteer.

The volunteer sign-up form and more information about the tour are available at

A $25 weekend pass for an entire car can be purchased online or at the Watauga County Farmer’s Market and The Original Mast General Store beginning May 20, 2014.