Recently, the Dubuque County ISU Extension received a Sustainable Dubuque grant to help host the region’s first ever “Driftless Farm Crawl” (think bar crawl – but with farms!). This fall, several selected farms in the tri-state area will open their doors to any families and residents interested in learning more about where and how their food is produced.
This event will take place on Saturday, September 21st from 1:00pm until 5:00pm at farms in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Families and residents will have access to maps which they can print out and use to map their route from farm to farm. Each site with have tours and demonstrations throughout the day.
We are hoping to expose hundreds of participants to a variety of farm operations, including: orchards, vineyards/wine making, pasture-raised beef, dairy, diverse vegetable production, hogs, commercial vegetable production, poultry, flowers, and so on…. It’s a great excuse for families to spend a day outside on variety of local farms!
Following the Farm Crawl, a ticketed Farm to Table dinner will take place at 6:00pm. This four-course dinner will be prepared by local restaurants and chefs, including One Eleven Main and L.May Eatery a nd will feature locally-produced items in each dish. Benefits of the dinner will go to assisting the Dubuque Rescue Mission with their greenhouse gardening project, which provides meaningful work to residents and fresh vegetables to their meal program.
Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information please contact Regional Foods Coordinator Brittany Bethel at 563-583-6596 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://driftlessfarmcrawl.blogspot.com.