Alpaca Dreams one of 45 farms on this year's Piedmont Farm tour

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Alpaca Dreams one of 45 farms on this year's Piedmont Farm tour
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Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, there is a hands-on way of learning about life on the farm.

LOUISBURG, NC (WTVD) -- Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, there is a hands-on way of learning about life on the farm in North Carolina.

The 23rd Piedmont Farm Tour will be April 28-29. A total of 45 sustainable and scenic farms in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Johnston, Orange, Person, and Wake counties will open their doors for visitors and tours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The tour began in 1995 and is the oldest and largest of its kind in the nation, drawing up to 6000 farm visits. It is co-sponsored by Weaver Street Market and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)

One of the farms on the tour is Alpaca Dreams, an alpaca and llama farm in Louisburg, Franklin County with a dozen alpacas and two llamas.

"We went to visit an alpaca farm and fell in love with them," explained farmer Sarah Conyer. "We had high-stress jobs and within five minutes of being with the animals, we just relaxed. They're just gentle and inquisitive."

The Conyers have lived on their farm for six years and create yarn and other items from the alpaca fiber. They also have a gift shop with local and imported items for sale.

This year's tour merges the Piedmont Farm Tour with the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour.


Alpaca Dreams - Alpaca yarn, socks, scarves, stuffed animals, and more

Biofarm - Teas, produce, herbs, soap products

Braeburn Farm - Grass-fed beef

Bull City Farm - Pasture-raised pork, cut flowers, eggs, grass-fed lamb

Carolina Farmhouse Dairy - Smoothies, yogurt, kefir, milk

Chapel Hill Creamery - Cow cheese, whey-fed pork

Chickadee Farms - Produce, strawberries, eggs

Copeland Spring Farms - Produce, vegetable seedlings

Dancing Pines Farm - Lettuce, spinach, arugula

Dawnbreaker Farms - Chicken, pork, lamb, turkey

Fickle Creek Farm - Pasture-raised meat, free-range eggs

Flat River Nursery and Farm - Greenhouse tomatoes, herbs, flowers

Four Leaf Farm - Vegetable and nursery plants

Funny Girl Farm - Produce, eggs, meats, cheeses

Granite Springs Farm - Produce, oyster mushrooms

Haw River Mushrooms - Mushrooms, home grow kits, plug spawn, tinctures

Hilltop Farms - Certified Organic produce

Hundred Acre Wood Farm & Sanctuary - Pasture-raised pork

In Good Heart Farm - Produce, herbs, starter plants, CSA shares

MamaSprings Farm - Produce, microgreens, cut flowers

Maple Spring Gardens - Vegetable and herb plants, produce, herbal teas and vinegars

Meadow Lane Farm - Pasture-raised meats, organic produce, strawberries

Millarckee Farm - Organic veggies

Minka Farm - AWA certified grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, duck & chicken eggs

Ninja Cow Farm - Grass-fed and finished beef, pastured pork, free-range chicken, and more

Nourishing Acres - Organic vegetables and plants, honey

Open Door Farm - Microgreens, eggs, flowers

Peaceful River Farm - Vegetables

Perry-winkle Farm - Pastured poultry products, veggies, cut flowers

PlowGirl Farm - Spring produce, shiitake mushroom logs, beer and cider samples

Raleigh City Farm - Diversified vegetables, hydroponic lettuces

Ran-Lew Dairy Milk Company - Grass-fed cow milks, cultured buttermilk, half and half

Red Hawk Farm - Salad greens

Redbud Certified Organic Vegetable Farm - Plant starts, lettuce, sweet potatoes

Reverence Farms & Cafe - Grass-fed beef, pastured organically-fed pork, eggs, chicken

Rocky Run Farm - Starter plants, veggies, eggs

Spring Forth Farm - Flower bunches and "make your own bouquet" flower bar

Stoney Mountain Farm - Lamb, sheep's wool, wool products

Student Organic farm at CCCC - Heritage hens, bees, high tunnels

Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farms - pasture-raised bison burger, steak, roast, jerky & snack sticks

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm - Specialty Asian vegetables, eggs

Turtle Mist Farm - Pastured-raised beef, pork, lamb

Well Fed Community Garden - Hydroponic lettuce, microgreens, herbal teas

Wild Scallions Farm - Bedding plants, produce, cut flowers

Woodcrest Farm - Pastured pork, grass-fed beef, produce, seedlings