Invitation for School Gardens to Join Farm Trail’s Spring Tour

The School Garden Network has  joined  Farm Trails!

School garden programs have been invited to join their upcoming spring tour Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies. We hope that some of you will be inspired to join the tour this year. Get creative and think about activities that would attract the public- perhaps a plant sale and smoothies; student let garden tours and scavenger hunts or a workshop on compost. Since it is the first year we are participating it is hard to know how many folks might visit. Public must  rsvp to receive the map so you will get some idea ahead of time. Please read the following details from Farm Trails and get your application by March 31st if you do want to participate. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Best,

Laurel Anderson <beanblossom61@gmail.com>

Invitation to Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies 2015

After a four year hiatus this May 2nd and 3rd we are again producing our popular historic Spring Tour. We invite you to open your gates and barnyard doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at Sonoma County’s finest food and agriculture. Known these days as “agritourism,” this is a great opportunity to connect directly with the public, promote and grow your business, attract new customers, and increase on-site sales. We’ll publicize the event and guide folks to your farms & businesses throughout the county- from Petaluma to Cloverdale and from Sonoma to Valley Ford through our new online map feature specific for this event. See details below and return your B4 2015 Application by March 31st or to our office at farmtrails@farmtrails.org. We will notify you within a few days after your application submission of your acceptance to participate. We hope you’ll join us! The more members who participate, the more robust and compelling the trails will be…

 

  • We ask that you provide unique offering(s) not typically available during your regular business hours- a tour, tasting, special product, demonstration, class, hike, performance, exhibit, game, sale, farm band, u-pick, animal interaction, etc.
  • You may wish to collaborate with other Farm Trails members, by either hosting them at your site if you have an appropriate facility or by setting up at someone else’s. For instance, a mobile food truck might be a great addition for the picnic area next to your flower farm. Or perhaps a winery would like to pair with one of our amazing cheese makers. Let us know, and we can help facilitate these partnerships.
  • You must be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd and/or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3rd. You may opt to participate one day or both.
  • B4 will be free to the public, but we will ask that folks RSVP via Brown Paper Tickets in order to receive the map and tour details. This way, we can have some general sense of attendance.
  •  We encourage you to sell your products and have staff available to answer questions.

 

  • You may charge for certain activities, but you must let us know details in advance so we can properly inform the public.

 

  • As part of the Small Scale Agricultural Ordinance, the Board of Supervisors recently endorsed official Sonoma County Farm Trails events, so you will not need to obtain any special event permits to participate.

Farm Trails will promote the tour far and wide in an effort to bring the public to your farms/businesses. Of course, we can’t guarantee a specific turnout, but we will keep you posted on the RSVP rate and public response.

 

 

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