Butler County tour shows inside look at four farms


BUTLER, Pa. – Agriculture is a major part of Butler County’s economy and the 2002 Butler County Farm Tour to be held Oct. 5 will provide an opportunity for visitors to get an inside look at four diverse operations in the county.

Sponsored by the Butler County Food and Agriculture Council, the farm tour provides insight into the business of agriculture and the commodities, enterprises, and related businesses that contribute to the economy.

What’s planned. Our 2002 hosts will showcase alpacas, a family dairy farm demonstrating nutrient management practices, a greenhouse and nursery business, and a crop farm with a Quarter horse breeding facility.

In addition to learning more about these enterprises and their financial impact, the tour provides a unique opportunity for visitors to learn more about the support industries and groups that contribute to the viability of agriculture.

Free, self-guided. Total visitation for the four farms in the 2001 tour was more than 4,300.

The farm tour has grown each year and organizers are pleased to have many return participants each year.

Open to the public, the tour is free and self-guided, with visitors stopping at one or more farms between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The hosts and volunteer staff are available throughout the day to answer questions and direct visitors at each farm.

Supporting demonstrations and educational activities are planned for each of the stops.

Handicapped restroom facilities will be available at two of the host farms as identified in the informational brochure. Refreshments will be available for purchase at several of the locations.

More information. Brochures with maps, information about the host farms, and additional tour information will soon be available.

For more information contact the Butler County Extension Office at 724-287-4761.

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