Agribusiness and agritourism are important pieces in the Loudoun County business community, and Loudoun Economic Development hosts farm tours twice a year to showcase these enterprises.
LED is currently accepting application for participants in its 2019 Spring Farm Tour, scheduled May 18 and 19.
Anyone involved in a farm-related business is invited to be part of the free, self-guided tour for people of all ages. There is no cost to participate as a tour site, and LED will promote all tour sites online and in a widely-distributed printed brochure. The deadline to apply is March 15, and the application is online at biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.
“It’s so important to keep providing opportunities for the community to interact with our Loudoun Farms,” LED Executive Director Buddy Rizer said. “We’re so lucky to have a great group of talented farmers, and they need and deserve our support. Each time customers buy ‘Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown’ products, they’re not only getting delicious food, they are also supporting local farmers, the local economy and local families.”
All businesses participating as a Spring Farm Tour site are asked to offer an educational component to visitors, such as:
- A short tour that informs visitors about your animals or crops;
- Demonstrations, such as animal shearing or other animal care;
- Informational posters about your farm, products, or methods;
- Farm-related activities such as scavenger hunts or seed plantings;
- A short presentation about what you do, why you do it and why it’s important.
“We promote the farm tours as an invitation to learn more about the important role that agriculture plays in both the culture and economy of Loudoun County,” acting Loudoun Agricultural Business Development Officer Vanessa Wagner said. “The Farm Tour is an excellent opportunity for our residents and visitors to learn about local food while building relationships with the farmers and small businesses in our rural economy.”
The deadline to apply to be a 2019 Spring Farm Tour site is March 15. Visit biz.loudoun.gov/FarmTourApp.