Eleven Onondaga County Farms are opening their doors to give Central New Yorker’s an inside look at what they do.
On Farm Fest will feature interactive tours of the eleven farms featured including Tre-G Dairy Farm in Pompey. Ryker Smith is a fifth generation farmer and says that it’s important for people to see how life on the farm is so they can appreciate how important the farms are to Onondaga County.
The average age of a farmer is 59 but Smith, who is just 24 says he’s proud of being part of the longstanding family business.
“It’s a case of it’s in your blood. You grow up, you go outside there’s always something to do, it fun” he said. “It’s one of the most rewarding things I think you could do.”
Tre-G Farm’s milk is sold to Organic Valley Cooperative and Smith says that the organic milk company will be at the farm as part of On Farm Fest. Organic Valley will have some of their milk products available and will also have a butter making activity as well.
The family-friendly event is open to everyone and will feature live music, giveaways, food, drinks and an education on some of the advances in agriculture. Program Leader Tom Cross of the Cornell Cooperative Extension says that the one-day event is not only a chance to explore some great farms within the area but to learn something about the farm industry too.
“It’s a way to promote agriculture in Onondaga County. People don’t realize it but Onondaga County is in the top ten for agriculture in the state of New York,” he said.
On Farm Fest kicks off on Saturday, September 21 from 10am to 3pm. For farm descriptions, locations and more visit OnondagaGrown.com/OnFarmFest.