The fast-paced lifestyle of the information age will take a back seat this weekend, to promoting an appreciation for agriculture.
Southern Belle Farm, at 1658 Turner Church Road, in McDonough, will host its third annual Farm Heritage Day, from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for ages 3 to 64, and seniors, 65 and older, can get in for $10.
Scheduled exhibits will highlight blacksmithing, dairy-cow milking, wool-spinning, basket-weaving, sewing, herb-harvesting and honey-making, said the farm’s marketing director, Ansley Glenn, who created the concept for Farm Heritage Day.
“I feel that it’s important that we do not lose sight of where farming has come from,” said Glenn. “This was a way of life for so many people, years ago.”
Jake Carter, co-owner of Southern Belle Farm, described Farm Heritage Day as a special day for him and others associated with the facility. Carter said he regularly hosts educational field trips for area students, many of whom have never stepped foot on a farm before.
“It allows the community to see the old ways of farming,” said Carter. “I think it’s intriguing for people to see the way things used to be.”
Glenn said the farm’s effort to increase the public’s knowledge of agriculture, has grown in popularity since its creation locally.
“It continues to grow each year,” Glenn said. “We have more involvement with attenders, and participants. We also have local participation with our demonstrations.”
Glenn said this year’s Farm Heritage Day activities will also feature an antique tractor and engine show, and a chainsaw-carving demonstration. She said she hopes the budding annual tradition will help to “show younger generations a simpler way of life.”
The admission prices for Farm Heritage Day cover the event itself, as well as Southern Belle Farm’s seven-acre corn maze, hayrides, pig races, and other fall activities at the venue.
Some vendors will have hand-crafted products available for purchase during Farm Heritage Day, said Glenn. For more information, call (770) 288-2582, or visit www.SouthernBelleFarm.com.