The Adams Farm in East Grand Forks is hosting a Chamber of Commerce event that aims to teach people in the community about how food gets from the farm to the table.
Tina Neil of the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce said she hopes the event brings agricultural awareness to the community and “show(s) farmers we appreciate what they do.”
The City to Farm Tour will start at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the East Grand Forks Adams Family Farm and be followed by an ag social that starts at 5:30 p.m.
Chris Adams said the event started three years ago and was a project for a leadership group of which he was a member. During his tour, he will show attendees the ins and outs of actual farm operations so people can better understand the field of agriculture.
Additionally, Adams will be giving an educational presentation about industrial hemp this year. He will cover the differences between marijuana and hemp as well as the plant’s national regulation.
“There is just an unlimited amount of things you can do with this plant,” Adams said.
Uses Adams listed included hemp oil for food, textiles and plastics. But, because growing hemp, which is taxonomically the same plant as marijuana, has been legally dicey since the 1970s, Adams said education on hemp has been lacking.
“It’s important for people to know what they’re consuming,” Adams said. “The USDA doesn’t have many regulations on hemp.”
In the future, Adams hopes that the City to Farm Tour becomes a larger event. He said he wants to turn it into a charity event and create a foundation that educates the public about agriculture.
Events he hopes to see in the future include gardening tutorials and interactive activities for kids to learn about where their food comes from.