Thursday, June 25, 2009

Delta hosts farm tour

The Delta Farm Bureau will host its annual farm tour Tuesday, July 14. Participants will visit a variety of farms and their families and learn first-hand about farming while enjoying the beauty of Delta’s farms.

The first stop will be at the historic Mead Farm on Clearwater Road. Local historians Irene Mead and Judy Ferguson will talk about the farm’s early years as well as the rodeos once held there. The book, Blue Hills, Alaska’s Promised Land, will be available for sale during lunch. The Mead Farm is currently owned by Doug and Cathie McCollum.

The next stop will be at Dennis and Cleo Green’s to learn about reindeer. The Greens own several farms and have a diverse and interesting variety of farming enterprises .

Lunch will be at the Clearwater Lodge on the bank of the Clearwater River. Yak burgers will be the featured menu item. The yaks are grown locally on Dick Karr’s farm and processed at Delta Meat & Sausage, a USDA inspected facility. Along with yak burgers, the lodge will serve potato salad, baked beans, and a sundae bar featuring Northern Lights ice cream. Lunch is included in the tour price.

After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the Northern Lights dairy farm, owned by Don and Lois Lintleman, to see the milk processing plant and dairy barn.

The tour ends with a visit to Windy Valley Hay Producers on Hanson Road. The farm was originally built in the 1970s by Austin and Edith Walker and is now operated by their son, Robert, the Delta-Salcha Soil and Water Conservation Service’s “Outstanding Co-operator of the Year” in 2008 for his environmentally sound farming practices.

The registration fee is $40. The bus leaves promptly at 9 a.m. at the Jarvis Office Building at Mile 1420.5 Alaska Highway. Plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early. The tour will end at 4:30 p.m. and return to the Jarvis Office Building. All day parking is available there. Tour participants must pre-pay before July 10. Payment may be made using PayPal at the Alaska Farm Bureau website. On the left side is the link “FB Payments”. If you are not signed up with PayPal, it will take you through the signup process. Or, you may send a check with the names of those attending to the Delta Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 760, Delta Junction, AK 99737. Call 895-4752 if you have any questions.

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