Initial success of farm loop has spawned a need for more participation
Canbys farm loop program has proven to be a successful experiment in getting more people out and exploring the Canby areas rich farm culture.
Based on its initial success, the Canby Area Farm Loop is taking applications for new farm stop members who would like to be part of the group during the 2014 season.
The farm-to-farm driving loop tour connects visitors with 21 different farm stops in the Canby area, including local farms, specialty nurseries, food processing plants and wineries, events and businesses.
The farm loop program is all about forming and maintaining agritourism marketing groups, said Mary Stewart, Canby Area Farm Loop coordinator. It serves to organize and build capacity for local farms and wineries, agriculture value-added operations, farm-related businesses and events that are in a logical, limited geographic proximity, and connects the farms with visitors who are interested in buying farm products and experiences.
In addition to the agricultural products and country experiences that visitors will encounter on each farm stop, the Canby Area Farm Loop also offers loop-wide events including Dinners in the Field, Wine & Cheese in the Garden, Alpaca Days on the Farm Loop, Blueberry Farm Loop Cycling Classic and Farmeroo!, which is a day packed with open barns, berry picking, wine tasting and other fun family farm experiences, explained Stewart.
The success of the farm loop concept in this area has inspired a serious effort to create them elsewhere, said Stewart.
In 2013, the Molalla Country Farm Loop had 32 members and the Canby Area Farm Loop had 21. A new loop is being built in Wilsonville, West Linn and Milwaukie, said Stewart. Farm loops are an important way to keep farming viable in the local area.
Some of the visitor attractions of the farm loops are: