CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€“ The Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership is hosting its first Farm Crawl in the Cedar Valley area on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is free and for all ages.
Participants will learn how 10 local farmers grow their food and manage their farms on this self-guided tour. Expect to experience everything from produce that is grown free from pesticides and herbicides and free-range chickens to hand-feeding a buffalo and tasting award-winning apples.
"This is an exciting opportunity for people to spend an afternoon with their families - reconnecting with the countryside, learning where and how their food is grown, and making friends along the way,â€ said Andrea Geary, local food program manager at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa.
There will be fun activities for children and local food will be available to buy and cook for dinner. The family or individual that visits the most farms will win a coveted gift basket of local foods. In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held. Checklists and collecting bins for the drawing will be available at each farm.
For a map and details about each farm, visit the CEEE home page, at www.ceee.uni.edu.