Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Midlands Farm Tour in Columbia, SC

Saturday and Sunday April 5-6, 2014, 1-5 pm
The second annual Midlands Farm Tour, happening Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, 2014 from 1:00-5:00 PM both days, will feature 10 local, sustainable farms. This self-guided tour features working farms and gardens in Richland, Lexington, and Kershaw counties and taps into the Midland’s growing passion for local food and farming.

Midlands Farm Tour 2013 photo
Midlands Farm Tour 2013
Some of the unique things to see and do on the tour:
  • See lots of cute baby farm animals, including baby chicks, pigs and goats
  • Learn gardening and growing techniques such as Square Foot Gardening, Permaculture, Hydroponics, and Raised Vegetable Beds
  • Check out how they grow vegetables, fruits, flowers, mushrooms and more without harmful pesticides
  • Learn more about what it really means to “eat like a pig’ and why farm animals love pasture
  • Enjoy a farm-fresh picnic or snack with food and treats sold at the farms
  • Teach your children where their food comes from, play fun farm games, and more!

“So many children have read story books about farms and farm animals, but have never actually seen a farm. By touring, children learn where their food comes from and what a real farm is,” said Roland McReynolds, CFSA Executive Director. “It’s a great way to see how food is produced on sustainable small farms and support the local farmer who grows it!”

Tour tickets, good for both days, are $25 per vehicle in advance. Tickets are available for purchase during the tour for $30 or you can also choose to pay $10 per farm (available for purchase at all of the farms during the tour). Groups of cycles count as one vehicle. Tickets can be purchased online now at at Whole Foods Market and City Roots in Columbia closer to the event date.
The tour is self-guided. Choose the farms you want to visit on the interactive map or downloadable brochure at to plan your tour. Visit any farm in any order. And, don’t forget to take a cooler so that you can bring home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms! No pets allowed. The tour is rain or shine. Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
The 10 farms and gardens on the tour, all within a about a 40-mile drive from Columbia, are:
  • City Roots, Columbia
  • University of SC Farm & Garden, Columbia
  • NOMA Community Garden, Columbia
  • Terra Kotta Farms, Leesville
  • Humble Farm, Gilbert – NEW!
  • Doko Farms, Blythewood
  • Crooked Cedar Farm, Blythewood
  • Paradise Acres Farm, Elgin
  • Wil-Moore Farms, Lugoff
  • Carolina Bay Farms, Hopkins


We hope to see lots of you on the spring tour. And don’t forget that we need lots of on-farm volunteers. Volunteering on a farm is a great way to support the cause!


Vanessa Driscoll – CFSA’s Midlands Farm Tour Coordinator, (919) 542-2402

Proudly presented by: CFSA
Proudly sponsored by: Whole Foods Market

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