Tour #7 – Diversified Agriculture on the South Cumberland Plateau

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Participants of this tour will get a small taste of the rural life in Grundy County, Tennessee, near the Southern gate of the Cumberland Plateau. Being diversified in this area is extremely important, and you will see this beginning with the first stop at Silver Bait, LLC, which is one of the largest worm farms in the nation. The owner of this 350 acre red worm farm is one of the most innovative farmers you will meet. The farm is challenged to use little to no pesticides and gather enough organic based fertilizers and soil amendments in the area to maintain sustainability. Next, the tour will feature a stop at Double-A-Farm, a freezer beef and small cow-calf operation that truly defines what beef cattle farming is like on the plateau. The husband and wife farm entrepreneurs raise several breeds of cattle from Long Horns to Black and Red Angus and some Charolais on 369 beautiful acres in Coalmont. Double-A-Farm is totally sustainable from the stand point of energy savings, as they run the entire operation off solar panels installed on one of the barns and use old natural gas wells on the farm as a backup heat source. After a beef lunch at Double-A, tour participants will have a short ride towards Tracy City to High Meadows Farm. This small farm specializes in growing flowers, blueberries, raspberries, vegetables, pumpkins and gourds, and maintain an on-farm sales stand throughout the harvest season. This farm also offers agriculture education in an agri-tourism style setting for school groups and others. They are pinched with marketing constraints, affordable labor, farm safety, product liability, and minimal usage of pesticides. The last two stops on this tour will include a historic bakery and a quick stop at one of the state natural areas, Foster Falls overlook.

ADVISEMENT: This tour will include moderate walking, and closed toed shoes are advised.