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Valley farms, past and future: Sno Valley Tilth Tour is this weekend
Explore local farms on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the Sno Valley Tilth Farm Tour. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 per family.
Alpacas at Legacy Ranch
31925 S.E. 40th St., Fall City; www.legacyranchalpacas.com
Meet and feed alpacas, and learn about these animals and their valuable fleece at Alpacas at Legacy Ranch, founded in 2002. The ranch breeds and sells show-quality alpacas, and is home to two-time national champion alpaca Onyx de Mico. They also have a ranch store selling yarn, fleece and finished garments.
31929 S.E. 44th St., Fall City; www.baxterbarn.org
Experience conservation, sustainability and community on this history rich farm. Farmers Cory and Missy Huskinson educate with tours, fields trips and other events. At Baxter Barn, visit farm animals including mini donkeys, horses, cows, turkeys, chickens, bunnies, quail and a pig. Tour the 2.5 acre property, and learn about why native plants and animals are important. You can check out certified salmon-safe eggs and a variety of handmade crafts, purchase coops and farm supplies, see local artwork for display and sale, and visit a hop display from the Fall City Historical Society.
Dancing Crow Farm
10340 Carnation-Duvall Road, Carnation
This three-acre farm specializes in mixed vegetables with an emphasis on sustainable growing practices. At Dancing Crow, learn about food storage techniques and the benefits of walk-behind tractors, and purchase farm products. Over half of the produce here is grown from their original seed stocks. No sprays, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used. The farm is committed to using equipment that creates a healthy tilth.
Dog Mountain Farm
7026 Tolt Highlands Road N.E., Carnation; www.dogmtnfarm.com
Dog Mountain Farm is a diverse family farm using sustainable growing practices. Located on a ridge above the Tolt and Snoqualmie River valleys, the farm has a commanding view of the Cascade Mountains. They raise pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys for eggs and meat, rabbits for meat, goats for milk and meat and 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Tour the farm, have a picnic and check out their produce.
229 W. Snoqualmie River Road N.E., Carnation; www.jubileefarm.org
Jubilee Farm is a Community-Supported Agriculture farm on 200 acres, 30 of which are currently farmed. Jubilee grows a wide range of vegetables and also raises cows, chickens and turkeys. This farm provides an opportunity to see how local, sustainable farming is done. Jubilee was the first runner-up in the 2007 state-wide farming and Vim Wright Stewardship Award, and is currently transitioning to biodynamic farming methods.