On Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., discover what’s happening in the front and back yards of your neighbors. From chickens to sheep, an orchard to a sugar bush, edible gardens to cider making, discover the wonders of growing and making your own during Hoosac Harvest’s inaugural North Berkshire Homestead Tour. Tickets are $15 and support subsidized shares at two Community Supported Agriculture farms: Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg and Square Roots Farm in Lanesborough.
Tickets are available at Shima Boutique in North Adams, and Images Cinema, Wild Oats Market and Where’d You Get That?! in Williamstown.
"The Homestead Tour is an extreme garden tour," says Caroline Scully, Hoosac Harvest core group member. "It’s a chance to take a peek at small and large homesteads while supporting the work of Hoosac Harvest, whose mission is access to local food for everyone."
The guidebook is the ticket that will direct participants to locations in Williamstown, North Adams, Adams and Stamford, Vt. Participants are encouraged to visit gardens in any order they would like. The owner(s) will be present to answer questions about how they do what they do and the tour will operate rain or shine. Two of the gardens feature free raffles including two collections of five books each from Storey Publishing.
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With the cost of food rising, more people are growing their own food and raising their own chickens or other animals. The tour will show examples of what people are doing and will be an opportunity to ask questions and gain information to do it yourself.
The tour runs through the lunch hour and participants are encouraged to bring a picnic and plan a break, maybe stopping at a local park. Some hosts may be offering refreshments, and there is a chance for a pizza sample at the North Adams Community Oven during the afternoon.
Hoosac Harvest is a citizen-based organization that envisions a vibrant food system in which all members of the Northern Berkshire community participate and have access to locally grown, healthy and sustainably-produced food, regardless of income. For info: hoosacharvest.org.