2016 Farm Tour

Join us for the 20th Annual Clallam County Farm Tour!

Saturday October 1st, 2016

10 AM-4 PM

The tour showcases seven diverse locations, including farms that produce organic lavender, vegetables, grains and raw milk, as well as a cattle farm, sheep herding, organic orchard and tree farm, a farm store featuring local farm produce, and a school with a budding farm program. There will be fun for adults and children alike: farm-fresh food, live music, and lots of family activities at just $10 per carload.  Go by bike and get in free!

Click HERE for a printable farm tour map!

Lazy JLazy J Tree Farm– 225 Gehrke Rd., Agnew

This Christmas tree farm also features a certified organic apple and pear orchard, as well as organic potatoes and garlic. In 2007 the farm expanded into a composting operation which receives yard waste and other organic materials and sells finished compost.  During Farm Tour, food and music by local musicians will be available throughout the day.

During Farm tour:

  • See large machinery used to move the compost piles around
  • Take a hay ride through the beautiful apple and pear orchards
  • See a display of cider-making equipment for fruit harvested from the farm’s certified organic orchard
  • Visit the the Farm Store – featuring Lazy J organic vegetables, garlic, potatoes, apples apple cider, and other products
  • Take a stroll down to Siebert Creek and see some of the projects the farm owner, Lower Elwha and Jamestown S’Klallam tribes have worked on to restore salmon habitat

Lurkalee Gaare- 702 Gunn Road, Agnewpat-pederson

Pronounced “Lurk-a-lee Gore,” the name of this farm is Danish for “Lucky Sheep Farm.”  This 5-acre sheep farm owned by Patricia Pedersen is home to 18 sheep, including three different breeds. At this stop on the tour, see:

  • Patricia and a second herder, Suzanne Anaya demonstrate the skills of their working border collies herding the sheep
  • Spinner, weaver and owner of The Local Yarn Shop in Sequim Terry Medicino, and local farmer Joanne Mathias, will be on hand to both demonstrate and talk about the many different ways that fiber can be utilized.
  • Professional sheep-shearing demonstrations

Agnew Grocery & Feed– 2863 Old Olympic Hwy, Agnewccft5

The Agnew Store is one of the oldest operating businesses in Clallam County, playing an important role in local agriculture since 1926. This year they are celebrating the store’s 90th anniversary!

During Farm Tour, stop by and see the historic store offerings, including:

  • Antique tractors on display
  • Petting zoo
  • Live music from local artists
  • U-pick pumpkin patch
  • Local goods for sale
  • Sandwiches from Olympic Bagel Company
  • A fresh produce stand from neighboring Johnston Farms

Dungeness Valley Creamery–  1915 Towne Rd., Dungenessfarmtour_32-1

Sequim natives and company founders Jeff and Debbie Brown built their small conventional farm Dungeness Valley Creamery from the ground up in 1989. In 2006, they took a leap of faith and became a certified raw milk dairy. The change proved successful and in 2012 the farm transitioned to the next generation, Ryan and Sarah McCarthey. The farm is home to 38 acres of lush pasture, 60 milking jersey cows, the creamery building, and a farm store selling the farm’s products and other local wares.

Farm Tour activities include:

  • Guided hay rides visit the farm’s pastures and grazing milk herd
  • Tours of the barn and milking parlor where the Creamery’s delicious raw milk is produced
  • Butter and yogurt making demonstrations throughout the day
  • Food vending by Curbside Bistro
  • 4H petting zoo

Jardin Du Soleil Lavender Farm– 3932 Sequim-Dungeness Wayimg_0553

Sequim prides itself on being the “Lavender Capital of North America” and Jardin du Soleil is one of the most beautiful lavender farms in the area. The certified organic lavender farm was planted in 1999 on land that was part of a dairy farm established in the 1880s. Thousands of lavender plants on 10-plus acres create a wonderfully fragrant vista at the farm.  Join owners Jordan and Paul Schiefen for a tour of the farm.

Farm Tour events:

  • Demonstrations of the distillation of fragrant essential oil of lavender at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Children activities including treasure hunts, running in the maze, and making farm crafts to take home
  • Annie’s Flower Farm, a flower farm and florist in Sequim, will be at the farm with her pop-up floral stand. She will have bouquets for sale, flower displays and an ongoing children’s activity making Victorian nosegays
  • WSU Clallam County Extension Master Gardeners and Master Composters will have resource booths to explore
  • Pacific Pantry will be onsite serving up amazing soups and sausages made with farm fresh local ingredients

Nash’s Organic Produce– 1865 E. Anderson Road, Dungenessimg_0761

Since 1979, Nash Huber and his crew have cultivated delicious, fresh, organic produce in the fertile Sequim-Dungeness Valley as well as organic grain, pastured pork, eggs, organic seed and dried beans and peas. Over the years, the farm has grown to the acreage 650 around the Valley. The farm a mills its own flours and corn meal, and rolls its own oats and barley.

Nash’s Farm Store in Dungeness (4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way) features the finest organic and local produce on the Peninsula and will be open to explore on Farm Tour day.This year, the farm focus is on our seed production with seed art, seed cleaning demonstrations, displays and seed talks.

Don’t miss the Community Potluck at 6:00 p.m., and a foot-stompin’ Barn Dance at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the music of the fantastic Bellingham band Polecat. Wine and beer served by North Olympic Land Trust. No outside alcohol, please.

Five Acre School– 515 Lotzgesell Road, Dungenessccft38

Five Acre School is an independent school, serving students pre-K through Grade 6, located on 5 acres adjacent to the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge. The school pride itself on their child-centered approach to education with an emphasis on the outdoors, community stewardship and sustainability. 5 Acre School is celebrating its 22nd year with current owners Brian Walsh and Autumn Piontek-Walsh.

During Farm tour, visitors can:

  • take guided tours through the Wildlife Refuge led by student naturalists
  • see the elementary agricultural projects in action
  • experience the playground and preserved wetland
  • enjoy arts and crafts, cider pressing activities, and a community bake sale

 

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