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Originally published: 2013-08-01 10:01:17
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Our View: Time to learn how sustainable farming grows

Because it's a good idea to know where your food comes from, the 2013 High Country Farm Tour is an idea to embrace.

What makes that idea even better is that each farm on this weekend's tour is chosen for its sustainable agriculture practices -- and in many cases combines the best of farming with regional history.

Not that it's possible to embrace the whole field in a single weekend. With 29 locations in nine counties - Watauga, Yancey, Wilkes, Mitchell, Caldwell, Avery, Ashe, Alleghany and Johnson County, Tenn. -- it isn't possible to visit each farm, but because the event is slated annually, choosing a new crop of farms each year is part of the adventure.

It's also worth nothing that the Aug. 3-4 event, now in its seventh year, is promoted by the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, an organization that supports High Country women and their families through education and training, building on farming's sustainable food production.

This year's tour includes a host of child-friendly stops, in addition to farms that highlight our region's history, including traditional forestry demonstrations.

More information, including a list of farms, is available at And for a deeper experience, consider volunteer opportunities, also listed at the website.