Join us for our 2nd annual FarmHop series of farm tours around the 7 counties of NW Indiana! Choose from multiple tour dates and locations, hop on a bus and away you go. Nearly 20 farms will be featured on this years FarmHop tours, from rural to urban, organic to conventional.
Join us for the second annual FarmHop! We're featuring TWO tour dates this year! August 11th and September 22nd, 2018 from 9am-4pm (individual tour times may vary slightly). Choose from two dates and five tours from around the region for an in-depth look into the amazing work happening at family farms, community gardens and local food projects in Northwest Indiana. Enjoy the summer sunshine and seasonal changes from the view of a local farm. Hop on a bus full of farm enthusiasts and away you go!
August 11th Tours
Tour A – Gary, IN departure – See several thriving urban farms with unique solutions for community food access, a beautiful aquaponics system, a garden for the visually impaired, an urban farmstead with exotic plants and medicinal garden and a food pantry with an abundant supply of homegrown produce! (East Chicago Aquaponics, Blind Social Center, A Rose for Yaminah Garden, Sojourner Truth House with lunch catered by NJOY Eats & Prep).
Tour B – Valparaiso, IN departure – Explore a biodynamic hop farm with heritage breed animals, a sustainable farm that has been organic since 1969 and raises heritage animals and unique varieties of fruits and vegetables, and a mini-tour of cluster of commercial farms including corn, onion sets, mint and tomatoes (Howe Farms, Acorn Acres Farm, Bucher Farms, Dutch Valley Growers, Abbett Farms, Wapple Farms with lunch catered by Green is Good by Kate). *this tour may run over slightly.
September 22nd Tours
Tour C – Gary, IN departure – Even more urban farms! Visit a flourishing faith-based farm with several high tunnels full of fresh produce, bees, fruits, chickens and more; an established community garden with raised beds and off-grid water solutions; an old armory converted into an urban farm, training center and food pantry, a creative homestead, and a school with an inspiring, hands-on agriculture program. (FAITH Farms, Peace Farms and Garden, Stewart House Urban Farm and Gardens, Jay-One's Farm, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy with lunch catered by TBA)
Tour D – LaPorte, IN departure – Hop on this tour to visit a church that created a food-providing organization to serve the hungry in addition to their youth agriculture training center and community garden; an organic farm that grows a variety of vegetables, flowers, herbs and eggs for their CSA, farmers markets, grocery stores and local schools; and a modern sustainable community intentionally cultivated to honor the original historic farmstead and not merely develop it. (Pax Center/Jackson Street Community Garden, Tryon Farm, Rainfield Farm with lunch catered by The Rollingstone Baker)
Tour E - Valparaiso, IN departure - This widely diverse tour will take you to a lively family farm with nearly 600 egg-laying chickens; an organic tilapia farm; a sustainable vegetable farm known for its soil conservation techniques and black garlic; and a homestead with incredible diversity including fruit production, heritage breed animals, value-added products and plans for a future winery. (Three Boys & Some Chicks, Triple B Tilapia, Perkins Good Earth Farm, Pioneering Pig Homestead with lunch catered by Birky's Catering)
Tickets are only $20 for adults or $10 for kids 12 and under and include a locally-sourced lunch!
Adult ticketholders will also receive a voucher redeemable at MarketWagon.com, an online farmers market delivering local food across Northwest Indiana as well as a $10 coupon toward a produce box at Nature's Cupboard.
**Farms listed are not in a particular order per tour and are subject to change per farm needs.
A huge THANK YOU! to our sponsors for making this event possible:
Questions or interested in sponsorship? Call 219-313-8828 or message us on Facebook!