Small Producers Give Tours Of Farms, Gardens

Aug 8, 2017

Rhoda Burrows
Credit Victoria Wicks

Meat goats and tomatoes are the subjects of tours coming up in Custer on Thursday, Aug. 10. Participants will tour Pleasant Valley Farm and Windsong Valley Garden.

The Custer event is the third in a series of six South Dakota Specialty Producers tours.

Rhoda Burrows is a horticulture specialist for SDSU Extension.

"The South Dakota Specialty Producers has developed a series of summer tours across the state," Burrows says. "Specialty Producers basically means anything that's not a commodity crop or livestock. So we do everything from grape growing to hops growing to meat goats."

Burrows says the group focuses on small producers, garden and greenhouse crops, and local foods.

People wanting to have lunch before the tour should meet at the Custer County Library at 10:45 a.m. MT. The group will then walk to lunch at Black Hills Burger and Bun Co.  Registration is required by Aug. 8 by contacting Cory T. at sdspamembers@gmail.com.

No registration is required for the tours. Those start at Pleasant Valley Farm, 11778 Pleasant Valley Road, Custer, at 12:30 p.m., with a presentation on meat goats at 1:30.

Other presentations include:

Aug. 17--Schade's Vinyard and SDSU campus gardens, Brookings.

Aug. 27--Garden and greenhouse tour, Rapid City

Sept. 9--Milling organic grains, Dakota Earth Bakery, Alcester, and SDSU Experimental Station, Beresford.