Keweenaw Farm Tour teaches community about organic farming

HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - For the past three years, the Keweenaw Co-op has been working with the Portage Lake District Library to connect the community with local farmers.

They do so through a self-guided farm tour, which ran Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

"We were really wanting to get the community involved with this event because this is where local food comes from," says Todd Gast, Marketing and Outreach Manager for the Keweenaw Co-op.

This year's tour features nine farms - an increase from previous years.

For one day only, these farmers open up their operations to allow the public a look inside sustainable and organic farming.

"Sustainable food comes from our own backyard and these farmers are really breaking their backs doing that," says Gast.

One of the stops on the map is G&A Garden Center in Houghton, owned by Amber Campbell. She's been involved in the tour since it began.

"Each year its getting better, people know this place more and more and I get lots of good comments. They like my produce and my flowers," says Campbell.

Campbell grows many varieties of produce and flowers, like grapes and one of her favorites, kohlrabi.

She says she enjoys teaching people about the importance of organic and sustainable foods.

"I have parents that take their kids to come to learn [about] plants, and they were excited to see that the vegetable and fruit is actually on the plant instead of in a grocery store," Campbell says.

Organizers say because food is so readily available, it's easy to look over all of the hard work that goes into making it that way.

"Nobody really understands the hard work that's involved in farming. This is a good opportunity to go out and see these farmers and thank them for all of the hard work that they do," says Gast.