How to Go to the GOFO Urban Farm Tour

Urban Farm Tours (a collection of sites featuring intensive city gardening) are becoming more common these days. You may have a great one near you (if so, post the link in the comments!)

Those of you in the upstate South Carolina area can check out the brand new Urban Farm Tour hosted by GOFO (Greenville Organic Foods Organization). If you’ve wanted to see Appalachian Feet in person, this is your chance because we’re one of the tour sites!

I’ve owned this house for about 10 years and planted the now established backyard orchard. However, I removed almost all traces of a garden before I moved out for a few years in order to make it low maintenance for renters.

That means the garden we’re showing to this tour practically sprang up overnight! GOFO began asking if I’d participate sometime in January and we didn’t break ground until February 20th. Here’s the before and after:

Photo Caption: The yard on February 20th, 2011 just prior to breaking ground.

Photo Caption: What the yard looks like two months later, but still in progress.

We’re not finished yet (what garden ever is?) but we’re hoping that our progress will be instructive to the people who visit on May 7th. We’ll also have newly hatched baby chicks, most of a chicken coop built, container gardening, a food preservation display, edible mushroom growing, and a new beehive to show them.  So our todo list is coming along nicely!

Spending a day visiting the 25+ sites on the Urban Farm Tour will set you back less than a night at the movies — only $7 per person or $5 for groups of 4 or more. Children under 12 are free! Throw in all the fantastic workshops you can attend and it’s an unarguably great deal — all while supporting a wonderful non-profit organization.

GOFO’s Urban Farm Tour Official Website & Ticketing

Eliza Lord

I'm a Greenville, SC native (the Appalachian foothills) who wears the hats of Greenville Master Gardener & Upstate Master Naturalist. I love to write about food and sustainability.

16 thoughts on “How to Go to the GOFO Urban Farm Tour”

  1. Mark Willis
    Twitter: marksvegplot
    - April 23, 2011 10:35 am

    I wish I could be there to see it! Hope you get lots of visitors.
    Mark Willis´s last blog post ..More on Tomatoes

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - May 8, 2011 4:56 pm

      Boy, did we! At 1pm our volunteer had tallied 311 people in our garden and we had a steady stream of 30 -60 people until it ended at 5pm (but no one to tally it up). So much fun but sooooo exhausting!
      Sustainahillbilly´s last blog post ..How to Feel Inspired by an Urban Farm

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  2. StrivingSimply - April 23, 2011 11:57 am

    That’s gorgeous! I wish that I had a yard big enough to have a garden like that. One day…

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - May 8, 2011 4:59 pm

      Thanks! But sometimes I think the way people use the space they have is more impressive than a really big garden. :)

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  3. Robin - April 23, 2011 3:00 pm

    Congratulations….that is so exciting! Wow, you have done alot of work getting ready! Please post updates with lots of pictures!
    Robin´s last blog post ..This week at the Plots

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - May 8, 2011 7:41 pm

      Okay, I will! Now that it’s over I should be able to post a lot more often.
      Sustainahillbilly´s last blog post ..How to Feel Inspired by an Urban Farm

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  4. Esther Montgomery - April 23, 2011 9:41 pm

    What an extraordinary challenge!

    Esther
    Esther Montgomery´s last blog post ..MOVING THE TABLE

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - May 8, 2011 7:42 pm

      Yep! We’re so relieved we “made it.” :)

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  6. Curbstone Valley Farm - April 25, 2011 6:44 pm

    An impressive change to the garden in just a couple of months! I did know you had baby chicks too! We’re skipping chicks this spring as we’re running out of room, and I miss having little fluffy peeps about place. Can’t wait to see your finished coop!
    Curbstone Valley Farm´s last blog post ..Hive Inspection- Colony Comparison

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    1. Curbstone Valley Farm - April 25, 2011 6:45 pm

      *didn’t know you had chicks…oops, typed too fast 😉
      Curbstone Valley Farm´s last blog post ..Hive Inspection- Colony Comparison

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      1. Sustainahillbilly
        Twitter: appalachianfeet
        - May 8, 2011 7:43 pm

        Thanks! The coop is almost done and I’m so impressed with my friend’s carpentry skills. I couldn’t have created anything half as nice.

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        1. Sustainahillbilly
          Twitter: appalachianfeet
          - May 8, 2011 7:43 pm

          P.S. – Sorry about the lack of chicks at your place. I’m totally in love with ours.

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  7. Patricia - May 4, 2011 12:18 am

    Congratulations…this is very impressive. Will be watching for more pictures!
    Patricia´s last blog post ..I Am a Traveler – Visiting Vancouver- BC

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    1. Sustainahillbilly
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - May 8, 2011 7:44 pm

      They’re up and more are on the way!

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