Visit local organic farms Oct. 24 and 25

October 14, 2009

Ducks at Twin Oaks Farm in Bonifay.
Ducks at Twin Oaks Farm in Bonifay.

Two Walton area farms to be featured during North Florida/ South Georgia Farm Tour

Thirty-three farms are opening their doors and inviting you to come see local farms in action. Each farm is offering something special for little, or no charge. Families can enjoy tours that include barnyard animals, fresh-baked goods and refreshments. You can attend a lecture on how to grow blueberries, see community gardening in action, or talk to farmers who are leasing land one acre at a time. Visit working cattle and goat ranches, a dairy or a winery. And of course, purchase amazingly fresh goods directly from the farm. Two Walton County area farms will be featured, Twin Oaks Farm in Bonifay and Dragonfly Farm in De Funiak Springs. See information below for dates and times. To read a feature story and video about Twin Oaks Farm, Click here
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Two Walton County area farms:

Twin Oaks Farm – Bonifay
Sunday, October 25, 10 am-4 pm 
Tours: Every two hours starting at 10 am
Twin Oaks Farm is a 94-acre certified organic farm located in Holmes County, Florida. We raise chickens and ducks for egg production, our hens are fed a certified organic feed without soy. They roam freely all day long eating grass, scratching for bugs and having fun being chickens. Our ducks and our broilers are raised the same way.
At the farm we produce a line of 100% natural preserves—just fruits and organic sugar, no pectin citric acid or ascorbic acid. All of our products will be available for purchase the day of the tour.
We will be building a spiral herb garden, there will be raw food demonstrations and much more.
Directions: From Tallahassee, take I-10 to exit 112 (Bonifay). Turn right on SR 79 going north, 8 miles from the exit turn left on to Creek Rd (kids playground at the corner of SR 79 and Creek Rd) to 3207 Creek Rd.
Contact: Renee Savary 
Address: 3207 Creek Rd., Bonifay, FL 32425 
Phone: 850-547-5636 

Dragonfly Farms – De Funiak Springs
Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25 
10 am–4 pm 
Tours: 10 am & 2 pm
Dragonfly Fields is located on 17 acres in northern Walton County just 15 minutes north of Defuniak Springs. Currently, vegetable production is the main focus with one acre under intensive cultivation with plans to expand to around three acres to allow for more crop rotation. On-farm composting, vermi-composting, cover crops and crop rotation is utilized to promote an environmentally sound, healthy and sustainable approach to growing vegetables. Natural fertilizers and amendments are used to grow, almost year round, major crops such as arugula, salad mix, Asian greens, strawberries, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and squash. Sweet potatoes were planted for the first time in 2009 and with any success should be available by early fall and plans are to offer strawberry transplants for sale by late October or early November. Currently, most of the production is sold to some of the better restaurants in South Walton County. Seasonal produce and homemade strawberry ice cream will be available for sale during the farm tour.
Directions: From Tallahassee, take I-10 west to Defuniak Springs exit. Exit right (north) and go to Hwy 90. Turn right and go to 1st traffic light. Turn left which is Hwy 83 and head north for 6 miles. Turn left on Hwy 192 and go about 1.5 miles. Seyvilla Arabian horse stables will be on the left and the farm entrance will be the next right after crossing a small creek. Follow the drive up to the house and garden.
Contact: Charles Bush & Shueh-Mei Pong 
Address: 1600 County Hwy 192 
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433 
Phone: 850-259-3739 (cell) 
850-859-2854 (farm)