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Chatham County Farm and Industry Tour

By Glenn Woolard, County Extension Director
Posted Thursday, September 8, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - Tickets are now on sale for the annual Chatham County Farm and Industry Tour conducted by the Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. This is part of Chatham County’s celebration of National Farm-City Week. The tour will be on Thursday, September 22, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Tickets are $10 per person. This includes refreshments, snacks, lunch and transportation. Tickets are available at the County Agriculture Building, 45 South Street, in Pittsboro. Tickets are also available from Bob Goetz at Fearrington Village. Tour stops will include John Deere Landscapes, Graham Family Farm, New Morning Angus Farm, and Piedmont Biofuels.

John Deere Landscapes near the Chatham / Wake county line is a wholesale supplier to the Triangle landscape industry. Whether it’s a twelve foot tree that must be replaced, seed for the fall season, irrigation supplies, or hand tools, John Deere provides one-stop shopping for the landscaper.

Graham Family Farm is a diverse, multi-generational farm near Pittsboro. In addition to raising vegetables, specialty oriental crops, small fruits, and beef cattle, the Grahams also operate their own saw mill and produce handmade cedar chests and other cedar products for sale at area farmers’ markets.

New Morning Angus is a purebred Angus operation specializing in producing breeding stock for commercial cattle producers in the piedmont of North Carolina. Also on this farm they provide housing for horses that have been mistreated and work to restore health to these animals. New Morning Angus is owned and operated by Charlie and Lynn Horne. Charlie also works as the county manager for Chatham County.

Piedmont Biofuels is one of the first biodiesel distributors in the state of North Carolina. Its mission is to lead the grassroots sustainability movement in North Carolina by using and encouraging the use of clean, renewable biofuels. Biodiesel is a non-toxic, biodegradable, alternative diesel fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fats and is completely renewable.

Lunch will be cooked by Sam Groce, Livestock Extension Agent. The luncheon will feature certified Angus beef along with vegetables, bread, tea and dessert.

Pick up locations include Siler Crossing Shopping Center in Siler City, the County Agriculture Building in Pittsboro, and the Gathering Place in Fearrington Village. Departure time is 8:00 am at all locations.

The tour is limited to seventy people on a first-pay, first-serve basis. Van transportation is included.

FMI: call 919-542-8202 or visit the Chatham Cooperative Extension web site.

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