Farm Tour Has Agriculture on Mooove in Lunen Burg

August 2, 2018

Fitchburg residents Shayna Burg, 12, and her mother Iphie Burg, look at locally made jewelry at a past farmers market on Massachusetts Avenue in Lunenburg. The market will be one of the locations for the Rocky & Rocketta's farm tour on Sunday. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE file photo Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LUNENBURG -- Locally-produced food. Sustainable farming. Farm animals.

These areas will be showcased Sunday as the Rocky & Rocketta’s Dragging Agriculture Into your world farm tour stops in Lunenburg.

“The Farm Tour is a way to showcase the region’s agricultural community as a whole and help explain the important role farms play in the larger economic and social fabric of the state,” said Heather Bowen, a spokeswoman for the tour who runs H&M Farm in town.

The tour is working its way through North Worcester County. It will be in Lunenburg from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three farms, the Community Farmers Market, and the Community Pollinator Habitat.

The tour will kick off at the pollinator habitat with a sign unveiling. State legislators and staff will speak about the work at the habitat, which has trees and flowers planted on town conservation land to attract birds, bees, and other insects.

Throughout the day, attendees can visit Meadow Farm, Pine Farm, and Hollis Hill Farm in Fitchburg to meet the farmers, learn about what they produce, and how they maintain their land.

Meadow farm raises alpacas and rabbits for their fiber, which can be made into material.

Pine Farm will have horseback riding lessons and teach people how to care for horses and goats.

Hollis Hill will have its orchards, animals, and open space on display.

Members from the town’s 4-H club will be at the farmers market to show off their animals.

The regional event started in Westminster in July. After Lunenburg, the tour will travel to four farms in Ashburnham and three in Templeton next Sunday.

A goal of the tour is to help people learn more about a part of the state they may not be familiar with, Bowen said.

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