Table to farm

Growers share secrets to organic success

Posted: May 1, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

Guy Ames spends his days in a nursery. This one isn't fancy -- it has black plastic on the ground, blue sky as a roof, sunshine for warmth and chickens, cats and dogs roaming freely through it. Neither do its occupants coo, crawl or get colic. But just as though they were human children, the tender young starts receive Ames' nurturing attention. He hopes each will grow into a strong, sturdy sapling, in this case one resistant to diseases and insect pests.

Go & Do

Tour de Farms

When: May 17-18

Where: Eight farms within about a 30-minute drive of Fayetteville

Cost: Free, but registration is required by Saturday at the Ozark Natural Foods owner services desk

Information: Alexa McGriff at (479) 521-7558

Fast Facts

Tour de Farms

Participating Farms

May 17

• 9-11 a.m. — Bean Mountain Farms: herb gardening and cold frame construction

• 10 a.m.-noon — Harmony Gardens: structured water, paramagnetic rock and brix nutrition

• 1-3 p.m. — Tri-Cycle Farm: composing, container gardening, soldier flies and chemical-free community farming

• 4-6 p.m. — Ozark Alternatives: straw-bale greenhouses, community supported agriculture, hoop houses and four-season gardening

May 18

• 9-11 a.m. — Across the Creek Farm: pasture poultry

• 9-11 a.m. — Cobblestone Farm: farm-to-school program

• 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Ansel’s Produce: starting a farm and the next generation of farmers

• 1-3 p.m. — Ames Orchard: backyard fruit production

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