The annual Loudoun Spring Farm Tour aimed at connecting farmers and consumers at the start of the growing season will go virtual this year.
The Loudoun Economic Development office, which puts on the event, has re-imagined the tour in a virtual format and will launch the interactive map this weekend with 14 farms, according to department officials. The virtual farm tour, scheduled to go live at 10 a.m. May 30, can be accessed via LoudounFarms.org/FarmTour.
“For the first time, consumers anywhere in the world can tour Loudoun farms from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The farms on the Loudoun Virtual Farm Tour represent a cross-section of our county’s vibrant rural industries, and we expect to on board more farms in the coming weeks, creating an ever-changing experience,” Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer said in a prepared statement.
Each featured farm submitted photos, videos and a brief description of the operation.
The 14 farms currently signed up are: The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Shepherds Corner Farm, Blooming Hill Lavender Farm and Gift Shop, Double 8 Alpaca Ranch, Homestead 1870, Hope Flower Farm, Old Apple Valley Farms, Kathy Ann’s Farm, Casanel Vineyards and Winery, American Academy of Equestrian Sciences, Fort Bacon Farm, Long Stone Farm, Equine Rescue League Foundation and Project Horse Empowerment.
Farms and rural businesses interested in appearing on the tour can email Loudoun Business Development Officer John Magistro for more information at John.Magistro@loudoun.gov.