Duluth Farm Tour showcases local farms

By KBJR News 1

July 27, 2014 Updated Jul 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Have you ever wondered where all the local food being produced in Duluth is grown? The Urban Farm Tour brought people from Lakeside to Spirit Mountain showing off the most delicious fruits and vegetables Duluth has to offer.

"The beans on top need more water, so they're on top and it goes down, and just reuses" said Saba Andualem of GnarFoodz Farm.

Ideas were shared all day throughout the Urban Farm Tour which showcased at least seven farms throughout Duluth. The event connects all kinds of people to local growers.

"The Farm Tour is awesome. I think it's the perfect way for the community to connect through producers and consumers so people who are growing food and people who are curious about it or people who do it themselves" said Andualem.

Throughout the day, Andualem saw nearly 15 groups visit her farm.
One of those groups was Marci and Dan Golen of Pike Lake, who are getting their start growing their own garden, but were learning plenty of new ways to grow.
"It's helpful to do the tours to get other ideas of what other people are doing and see what works for them and what might work for us as well" said farm visitor Dan Golen.

The Golens are taking a farm beginnings class and the Urban Farm Tour fits right in because it showcases some unique techniques.

"Spirit Mountain Farm had a lot of hugo culture beds which was really interesting and then we saw raised beds at the Chester Creek Gardens" said Farm Visitor Marci Golen.

And they also saw potato towers at GnarFoodz Farm , which had many thinking differently about potatoes.

"They love potato towers, I think it's the idea of potatoes growing vertically is really awesome" said Andualem.

Ideas flowed back and forth through the day. Overall, some farmers say the event was a great way to showcase their hard work and provide inspiration to keep going.

"We're so thankful that people want to come out and want to learn about what we're doing and want to see where we're growing the food. I think it gives me hope" said Andualem.

Hope for a growing local food movement.

Many of the farms featured on the farm tour can be found selling their produce at various Duluth Farmer's Markets.

Bryce Henry