Get a behind-the-scenes taste and tour of 3 KY foodie farms of your choice for the most memorable group tour experience. This tour is all about farms that are dedicated to growing organic foods, herbs, heirloom produce & orchards, and heritage animal breeds – with sustainable and conservation growing practices! They are award-winning farms who supply foods to local restaurants, hotels such as 21C Museum Hotel, and regional farmer’s markets. Every single tour is fascinating, so we help you decide which to choose based on your group’s interests! Talk with our Tourism office for additional ideas, such as a foodie farm visit that ends with dinner at the Louisville restaurant that serves it! Now that’s farm to table!
Your tour days are centered around your farm choices, then we tailor the rest of your itinerary with complementary activities such as a behind-the-scenes tour of our award-winning botanical gardens & greenhouse, a farm-to-table picnic at our nature preserve, or a visit to our greenhouse beer garden that also makes mead – do you know what mead is, by the way? Or visit our grain-to-bottle bourbon distillery and learn why it’s unique to grow grains at the historic Waldeck Mansion down the street! Enjoy a cooking demo…the list is endless and customizable!
Our tour of a fully-operational dairy farm is very informative and fascinating to everyone from school kids to senior adults! Many people have never visited a dairy farm and have no idea how a farm operates, how cows are treated, how they are milked, and how love makes all the difference to a commercial dairy. Even if you grew up on a dairy farm, it likely wasn’t a commercial dairy – that’s a whole different ballgame! Learn how your milk gets from farm-to-table-to-cookies-to-cheese! See how cheese or homemade ice cream is made & taste samples!
Visit this small working farm with diverse agriculture where they raise pure-bred and registered St. Croix hair sheep for breeding and food. This breed of sheep is from the Virgin Islands and is one of the few parasite-resistant breeds in the U.S. The farm also raises Shiitake mushrooms on oak logs, in addition to wine cap and oyster mushrooms sold fresh and dehydrated at farmer’s markets. Hemmer Hill also operates a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), called EpiCurious, which specializes in gourmet vegetables. During a tour in the spring, one might observe births and bottle feed a baby lamb. In harvest season, visitors can help with harvesting garlic, mushrooms and vegetables. Be sure to visit Churchill, a special donkey, who loves visitors of all ages. He spent his early days in a petting zoo, but is now a guard animal for the sheep.
You’ll board a hay wagon for this tour! Visit the main bison herd and hear the benefits of intensive rotational grazing from their field overlooking the gorgeous Ohio River! You’ll also explore their mobile coop and hear about the role pastured chickens play in pest reduction and fertilization. You‘ll then head to the greenhouse and gardens to learn about raising produce without synthetic fertilizer or chemicals. Finally, the tour will head down to the river bottoms to see and learn about heritage-breed pigs. You’ll also see modern art sprinkled throughout the farm beginning with fluorescent green rabbits and pink snails!
Rootbound Farm is a certified organic farm producing vegetables and grass-fed lamb for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and farmer’s markets as well as many of Louisville’s best farm-to-table restaurants. You’ll learn about organic production and sustainable growing practices such as cover cropping, natural methods for disease and pest control, and water conservation. Learn about how your food is grown by following a plant from seed to field to harvest. Their flock of 75 Katahdin sheep are a highlight of the tour and you’ll learn about the joy of animal husbandry and the benefits of managing animals naturally. Everything lives in harmony with their system of rotational grazing, natural parasite management, and livestock guardian dogs. It keeps everyone happy and healthy.
Dropseed Native Plant Nursery produces native plants and seed for restoration and home landscaping projects. Visitors can tour the gardens, greenhouses, and seed production plots. Bonus Tour: While on site, see the farming activities at Field 51 Produce, a farm sharing the same property producing vegetables, chickens and sheep.