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Tour Working Farms in Catawba County

June 16, 2011

Catawba County Agri-tourism Day will be held Saturday, June 18. The day offers free family fun, self-guided tour of Catawba County farms and farm-related events. 

The Agri-tourism Day is made possible with funding support from the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Agricultural District signs are located on farmlands where the farmers committed to preserve the agricultural way of life.

The farmers voluntarily agree not to sell or develop the property for non-farm use for at least 10 years. This gives a sense of pride for the farmer and also lets people know that agricultural activities, such as slow-moving tractors, occur in the area.

Planning your tour Catawba County’s Agri-Tourism Day is a self-guided tour — attend as many sites as you like throughout the day. The farm tour sites will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The times of the agricultural events vary so plan the day accordingly. Look over the map and site descriptions to decide which locations or events to attend. There may not be time to visit all of the farms, so plan which ones to visit.

The day of the tour Pack bottled water, snacks or a picnic lunch and walking shoes for the day. Bring a cooler with ice if you plan to purchase any local produce. Support local farmers —this is what the day is all about. Please don’t bring pets on the tour. They pose food-safety threats, can damage plants and are dangerous around livestock.

Also, as a matter of courtesy, please ask the owner about taking photos. Children will have a great time at the farms but please supervise them closely. Animals, electric fences and farm equipment can pose dangers to children.

For questions or further information regarding Catawba County’s Agri-Tourism Day, contact the County Planning Department at (828) 465-8264 or Cooperative Extension at (828) 465-8240.

  • Windy Wool Windings, 5247 Plateau Road, Vale. See purebred Montadale sheep and crossbreeds. The farm has fleeces, roving, yarns and weavings for sale as well as some breeding stock, market lambs and lamb meat for the freezer. Also, learn about a working poultry farm. From Newton, take N.C. 10 West approximately 9.5 miles to Propst Crossroads. Turn left onto Plateau Road. Follow Plateau Road for five miles. Windy Wool Windings is on the right across from Sunny Hill Farm.
  •  LFR Farms & Greenhouses , 2952 Lou Hoyle Lane, Newton. Learn about various farming techniques, including raised-bed planting and greenhouse growing on this large working farm of more than1,000 acres. Products throughout the year include strawberries, greenhouse plants, hanging baskets, vegetable plans, annuals and perennials. The farm also produces small grains such as corn, wheat and soybeans. Take N.C. 10 West out of Newton approximately eight miles. Turn left onto Wesley Chapel Road. At stop sign, turn left onto Grace Church Road. The farm is .6-mile at top of hill on the left.
  • Ira Cline Farm, 4444 Lee Cline Road, Conover. Many folks visited the Cline farm in the past for strawberries. Come now to get fresh blueberries, jams, jellies and cider. Take Exit #132 off I-40. Go to Wal-Mart and turn right onto N.C. 16 North. Go 1.5 miles and turn left on C&B Farm Road. Go 1.25 miles and turn left onto Lee Cline Road. Go .25-mile to the farm on your right.
  • Shady Oaks Farm, 3487 Yount Road, Newton. This is a great farm to pick up fresh top quality naturally raised fruits, vegetables, honey and free-range eggs. Take N.C. 16 South out of Newton approximately 4.25 miles. Turn left onto Balls Creek Road. Go 1.5 miles and turn left on Mt. Olive Church Road. Then go .75-mile and turn right onto Yount Road. The farm is .25-mile on left.
  •  Sipe Angus Farm, 1338 Balls Creek Road, Newton. Come and see roaming beef cattle while you pick up some fresh grass-fed beef to take home. Take N.C. 16 South out of Newton approximately 4.25 miles. Turn left onto Balls Creek Road and go 3.75 miles to the farm on the right.
  • Poovey Apiary, 3703 U.S. 321 South, Maiden. See a working bee hive and learn the role of bees in our environment. Bees not only produce honey but also play an important role in pollinating plants to make flowers. Take U.S. 321 Business South out of Newton approximately five miles. The apiary is on the right across from Mays Chapel Church Road, just outside of Maiden.
  • Red Wolf Farm, 1797 Water Plant Road, Maiden. Learn about sustainable agriculture and also celebrate local history at Red Wolf Farm. The 45-acre farm was the site of the Jenny Lind Iron Forge from 1804 to 1980. Remnants of the dam and large pieces of iron slag from the forging process can still be found in the creek. A Civil War reenactment group will be at the farm all day to provide insight into the life of a soldier during the war. Free ice cream will be served in the afternoon. From U.S. 321 Bypass, take exit 28 onto U.S. 321 Business. In Maiden, turn right on Providence Mill Road. Go .5-mile. After a sharp curve, turn right onto Water Plant Road. The farm is on the corner of Providence Mill and Water Plant Road.
  • Buffalo Beals Animal Park, 3259 Water Plant Road, Maiden. Enjoy 40 acres of easily accessible and thoughtfully arranged viewing grounds. Encounter elk, antelope, camel, giraffe, chimpanzee, buffalo, kangaroos, monkeys and other exotic and domestic animals. Take N.C. 16 South out of Newton and go approximately 4.25 miles. Take a right onto Providence Church, Road then a short left onto N. Olivers Cross Road. Go approximately 2.25 miles and turn right onto Water Plant Road. The Animal Park is .75 miles on the left
  • Bird Brain Ostrich Ranch, 6691 Little Mountain Road, Sherrills Ford See one of the most unique farms in the county. Learn about ostrich and purchase farm-fresh products such as eggs and ostrich meat. From I-77, take Exit 36 onto N.C. 150 West. Go approximately 9.5 miles, cross over Lake Norman into Catawba County, and turn right on Little Mountain Road. Go another 1.75 miles to the farm on the left.
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