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Public Welcomed to North Star Farm Tour Sept. 29-30
Minnesota Ag Connection - 09/14/2018

The North Star Farm Tour welcomes the public of all ages to a free, self-guided tour of Twin Cities and western Wisconsin fiber farms, connecting people to local farmers who produce natural fibers and pasture-raised meat on Sept. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a perfect weekend to enjoy beautiful fall colors, stock up on winter craft projects, and take care of early Christmas shopping.

Eleven farm locations will showcase a unique, diverse assortment of livestock. Tour visitors can design a route to meet yaks, alpaca, sheep, angora rabbits, llamas, and many other farm animals. Consult for details about each location's available products and the schedule for demonstrations, hands-on activities, other visiting shepherds, authors and artisans, and available food, facilities and products. The website will be updated with the latest offerings of natural raw and processed animal and plant fibers, artisan handcrafts, meats, honey, and other farm and art products will be available for sale, including fiber for hand spinners, fiber art yarn, breeding stock and items that support the tour for sale at all locations.

This year as a special event, the tour will be hosting Travis Hoffman, the University of Minnesota Extension Service's sheep specialist. Travis will be presenting on different aspects of wool and sheep management at several farms. Check the tour website for more information.

Visit the tour member farm websites and locations to enjoy all of their offerings:

1. Berryhill Farm,

2. Clear Spring Farm,

3. Dresow Family Farm,

4. Frosty Acres Farm,

5. Harvest Hill Acres,

6. Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing & Farm,

7. Sutton Ridge Farm,

8. Windswept Hill Farm,

9. Black Cat Farmstead,

10. Holly Ridge Farm, IG@#hollyridgefarmwi

11. Rush River Fiber,

The 2018 North Star Farm Tour thanks its sponsors: Minnesota Grown program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota producers of specialty crops and livestock; Textile Center, a national center for fiber art located in Minneapolis; and Farm Bureau Financial Services, Darrell Ingvaldson .

The North Star Farm tour is a non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates a tour of farms, located within an hours drive of the Twin cities. The tours mission is to connect people, farms and fiber. For more information, call 713-244-4184 or visit

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