Learn about farming, art at S.C. Ag+Art Tour

from Clemson Cooperative Extension Service

South Carolina residents can learn where their food and fiber come from, as well as enjoy the sights and sounds of local art and music when the 2022 South Carolina Ag+Art Tour kicks off May 14.

Will Culler, tour director and member of the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service Agribusiness Team, said the free self-guided tour gives people an excellent opportunity to see first-hand where food comes from, watch artists in action and buy their works, enjoy the melodies of local musicians and learn more about rural life.

“This tour began in 2012 as a way for people to learn more about local agriculture and local artisans,” Culler said. “We work with volunteers from a diverse spectrum of organizations in each county to design a tour that truly reflects local flavors. We encourage everyone to plan a tour of some of our state’s best homegrown and handmade experiences.”

Examples of artisans include painters, potters, weavers, quilters, acoustic musicians, artisan bakers, value-added producers and more. While the tour is free, there may be charges to buy food, beverages and farmers’ and artisans’ products, as well as participate in some activities.

All state and local regulations regarding COVID-19 will be followed.

Ten counties are included in this year’s event, including Lancaster.

The self-guided tours take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Lancaster County’s tour is May 21-22, with a kickoff event at 7 p.m. May 20 at Maple Leaf Stables in Indian Land. The event will include a Battle of the Bands, food trucks, artisans and more.

Participating county sites

• Benford Brewing Co.

• Farm Haus Butcher & Beer garden

• Griff’s Greenhouse and Nursery

• Hall Family Farm

• Historic Craig Farm

• Lancaster County Farmer’s Market

• Lancaster County Library Del Webb Branch

• Maple Leaf Stables

• Simple Faith Ranch

• The Ivy Place

• USCL Native American Studies Center

• Van Wyck Community Center

• Watercrest Senior Living

Other participating counties

  • May 14-15, Colleton County
  • June 4-5, Charleston, Kershaw, east York counties
  • June 11-12, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, west York counties
  • June 18-19, Fairfield County
  • June 25-26, Chester County

The tour takes place rain or shine, Culler said, adding sites may close if there is a threat of severe weather as the safety of visitors, farmers and artisans is the first priority.

Participants are discouraged from bringing dogs as the tour sites are working farms and dogs can present food safety and livestock challenges. Service animals are allowed as needed.

For more information about the statewide tours, go to www.agandarttour.com.

For local details, contact Amber Donnelley at lancasteragaandart@gmail.com or Stuart Graham at stuart@ivyplaceevents.com.

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