Midlands farmers hope to highlight sustainable agriculture.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- There are a ton of things to do over the weekend around the area, but if you are looking for some farming fun then the 2nd Annual Midlands Farm Tour may just be for you.

"We always had to go down to the country when the garden came in or the field came in and harvest the crops and my family always put things by the winter," said Sharon Ray.

Ray is the co-owner of Carolina Bay Farms in Hopkins and she is hoping to plant the seed of interest into others who visit the 254-year old farm this weekend.

Carolina Bay Farms is one of 10 farms on the 2nd Annual Midlands Farm Tour, a program through Carolina Farm Stewardship Association in which local farms are highlighted.

Doko Farm in Blythewood is also participating in the tour, they had hundreds show up last year to visit their Guinea Hogs, St. Croix Sheep, poultry, and Pygmy goats.

Amanda Jones and her husband run family-owned farm.

Jones said, "We had a really good turn out last year and it seems to be the best way to reach a lot of people and to get the word out that there are alternatives here in South Carolina and there are small sustainable farms, you might have to look a little bit harder to find us, but once you do it is definitely worth the effort."

Jones and Ray hope the Midlands Farm Tour will not only educate, but will also give visitors a new prospective on local sustainable agriculture here in the Midlands.

Jones said, "There are choices that we have in the food that we choose to feed ourselves and our family and those choices can either lead to a delicious experience and a more helpful life or have the opposite effect."

Ray said, "The stronger the relationship a family has with their farmer, the more apt they are to want to invest in the communities and keep their money local.'

The Midlands Farm Tour kickoffs Saturday, advance tickets are $25 per car for all farms and day of tickets are $30 per car for all farms or $10 per farm.

The tour is both Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 PM.

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