Harvest Tour gives people a taste of farm life

wwny Harvest Tour gives people a taste of farm life

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. (WWNY) - It wasn't your typical day at the Canton Apples U-pick Orchard in the town of Canton. And Andrew Miller isn't your typical St. Lawrence University freshman.

On Saturday, he was out picking apples as part of the inaugural Harvest Tour, which is hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County.

"Fresher produce than at the dining halls," said Miller.

Out of a dozen St. Lawrence County farms on the day's tour, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Executive Director Patrick Ames says don't sweat it if you can't see it all.

"You'd be hard pressed to cover all 12 farms in one day because we spread as far as Massena, all the way down to Gouverneur and DeKalb," he said.

The idea behind the Harvest Tour is to help people connect the food they eat to where it comes from and to meet the farmers that make it all happen.

“I think it’s a great thing for this area to get people out and about, seeing where food is produced in the county. We have some pretty good farms around here,” said Joel Howie, owner, Canton Apples.

In DeKalb Junction, visitors at 8 O'clock Ranch had the chance to see chickens and cattle, among other animals.

John Barton owns the ranch and led tours for the event. There was one thing Barton wanted visitors to walk away with.

"How you can work with nature, not against it, and without the need of any chemicals or commercial fertilizers and do more than survive. You know, you can actually thrive and make a living doing what you want to do," he said.

If nothing else, Miller said the Harvest Tour helped him see more of his new home on his class trip "instead of being in an isolated little bubble on campus."

And it would be hard to pick a better way to experience it.

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