Flowers & Apples: A Sebastopol Farm Tour
Friday, September 6, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
NOTE: We now only have space on the waitlist, but people on the waitlist very often get open spots as the tour gets closer.
Tasty fruit and beautiful blooms: Sebastopol is an ideal climate for growing apples and flowers. On this tour, we’ll travel up north to tour dry-farmed apple orchards, a flower farm, and a plant nursery. Throw in a flower arranging lesson and a hard cider tasting and you’ve got a good time!
Our first stop will be Flatland Flower Farm, where Dan Lehrer and Joanne Krueger grow several varieties of apples and propagate edible, native, and rare plant starts to bring to the market. Dan will show us the greenhouses, and also the flower garden and small veggie garden they maintain for their own experimentation. Everyone will get to try their hands at plant propagation.
Our second stop will be to Devoto Gardens, known at for their heirloom apples and the stunning array of flowers they bring to the market. Jolie Devoto will show the group around the apple orchards and the greenhouses where they start their flowers and trees. Jolie will also talk about her new hard cider business, Apple Sauced, and treat us to a hard cider tasting. We’ll even get a quick lesson in flower arranging!
The tour costs $25, including lunch made from farmers market ingredients and round-trip transportation from the Ferry Building in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. Tickets are nonrefundable.
The tour is geared toward adults. Young people who are interested in attending with their guardians and who are likely to enjoy the tour without causing disruption are welcome. Please use your discretion and call if you have questions.
Where to meet: Meet at the Ferry Building (in the front, south side of the clocktower). Be there by 8:10 am; we leave at 8:30 am. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers.
Alcohol: We will ask you to verify you are over 21 if you’d like to participate in the hard cider tasting, so bring ID!
Note: There will be a half-mile walk to and from Flatland, because the road is too narrow for the bus. We will also be walking around the farms on uneven terrain. Sturdy, closed-toed shoes are recommended. Please come prepared for potential weather extremes: it could be very dry and hot, or it could be cool and windy. We will spend time both outdoors and indoors.
What to bring: A water bottle, sun protection, layered clothing, and a hat. Also consider bringing snacks, a camera, and a book or other entertainment for the bus. There will be opportunities to make purchases, so please bring cash if you are interested.
We will do our best to return by 6 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can't guarantee punctual arrival.
This tour is organized by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), as part of our mission to cultivate a sustainable food system. CUESA organizes 6 tours each year to Ferry Plaza Farmers Market farms and artisan food businesses in order to give eaters a first-hand look at where their food comes from and how it is produced. For more information or to sign up for our weekly email newsletter, visit www.cuesa.org.