Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bedner's Farm, Florida: Embraces Agritourism

At the end of last growing season I was invited to tour Bedner's Farm in Boynton Beach, Florida. I was joined by a small group of local city officials, Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District employees, and several members of the Palm Beach & West Palm Beach County Farm Bureau chapters.
Bedner's Farm tour

We were treated to a very enjoyable and informative tour of Bedner's Farm, in a modern covered wagon pulled by a large green tractor. Our tour guide, David Legg, entertained both our minds and pallets, passing out samples of fresh farm grown vegetables and fruit. 
David Legg
Legg also took us on a walking tour of the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, located just west of the farm.

Returning to the main pavillion we ate roasted meat from Porky and Beth's BBQ, the onsite restaurant. Then it was down to business with lectures by Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District, the Farm Bureau, and Bedner family members.

The purpose of these lectures was to increase public awareness on the importance of local farms to local economies. And to encourage agricultural tourism (agritourism) through hay rides, farmers' markets, cooking workshops, guided tours, field gleaning, and educational workshops for the next generation to learn about the source of their food.

The Palm Beach and West Palm Beach County Farm Bureaus sponsored the day on Bedner's Farm. This was the first in a series of events Roland Yee, the President of the the Palm Beach Farm Bureau, hopes to have in the future, to educate people about the lives of local Palm Beach County farmers.

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