Delaware SWCD 2019 Farm Tour

The Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District held our second annual FREE Farm Tour on July 20, 2019.  The tour was self-guided, “at your own pace,”  and consisted of four different stops throughout Delaware County.  Each stop had unique conservation practices and activities to showcase.   Additional fun and educational opportunities were available at each stop including food and wine samples, farm animals, crafts, and musical entertainment.  Below were the scheduled farm tour stops.  Download the Farm Tour 2019 flyer.

Dawson Farms Inc.

2831 Bowtown Road, Delaware, OH 43015

With 800 piglets born weekly, Dawson Farms includes 2500+ acres. Watch a mother pig (called a sow), take a gander at some cute piglets, and taste fresh pork samples.  Doug Dawson, the owner, is nominated to receive the 2019 American’s Pig Farmer of the Year award from the National Pork Board! Peruse displays by The Ohio State University Extension, Ohio State University Department of Animal  Sciences, and Ohio Pork Council.

Dawson Farms piglets and sow in farrowing pen.

Goodson Gardens and Orchard

7956 Steitz Road, Powell, OH 43065

Goodson Gardens and Orchard, a small family-owned operation with 11 varieties of apples, contains 200 apple trees. The u-pick apple orchard is open from Labor Day through October. Follow Goodson Gardens and Orchard on Facebook for availability and hours of operation. Four mother sheep (called ewes) and their lambs call the farm home. Meet Delaware County 4-H program members at this stop and enjoy educational displays. 

Goodson's Orchard yellow apple variety.

Mad Max Farms

4140 Clark Shaw Road, Powell, OH 43065

MadMax Farms, a family farm committed to land stewardship and improving soil health, strives to build healthy soils, conserve natural resources and protect pollinators. They operate their farm with a holistic,  regenerative approach and utmost respect for nature’s ecosystem created by God. Visit with The Nature Conservancy, Bird Agronomics, USDA service agencies, and local Future Farmers of America Chapter groups.

MadMax Farm's red Case IH tractor

Soine Winery

3510 Clark Shaw Road, Powell, OH 43065

Soine Vineyards (pronounced soy-knee), the only family estate-owned and operated vineyard/winery in Delaware County, consists of a six-acre farm containing thousands of grapevines. Founded in 2003, estate wines produced from the vines include multiple red, white, and rose wines. Tours of the vineyard will be presented at 12:30 and 2:30 pm, with winery tours offered at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Taste wines for a nominal charge. Enjoy Dan’s Deli food truck and the Ohio Grape Industries Commission and Nationwide Insurance displays.   Children can build a sailboat constructed out of wine corks.

Soine Winery, Delaware County Ohio grape sorting.