Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 33 gritourism helps sustain local farms, pro- vides educational resources and helps foster connections to nature and the world around us. Groups can learn about how the food they eat is grown and gets onto their plates, or about how farms work now and how they worked in the days before modern harvesting machin- ery. Here are five Midwestern agritourism destinations where your group has the opportunity to get hands-on experiences and explore the world around us. A A MIDWESTERN BOUNTY V P R C A V I S I T T H E S E F A R M S T O E X P E R I E N C E T H E H E A R T O F A M E R I C A V I S I T T H E S E F A R M S T O E X P E R I E N C E T H E H E A R T O F A M E R I C A V I S I T T H E S E F A R M S T O E X P E R I E N C E T H E H E A R T O F A M E R I C A by A S H L E Y R I C K S A R B O R D A Y F A R M NEBRASKA CITY, NEBRASKA Nebraska's Arbor Day Farm, located in Nebraska City about an hour from both Lincoln and Omaha, is the birthplace of Arbor Day and a National Historic Landmark. Across the park's 260 acres, there is a wide variety of activities to appeal to an assort- ment of groups. A great way to start a visit to the Arbor Day Farm is the three-mile Discovery Ride, which travels the expanse of the property and gives groups an overview of the farming activities that take place there. Visitors can be fully immersed in the natural environment by taking in spectacular views from the 50-foot-tall tree house or exploring the farm's orchards and vineyards, where peaches and one of the nation's only collections of heritage apples are grown. Groups can also tour the nearby Arbor Lodge State Historic Park, which features the 52-room mansion and surrounding estate of Julius Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day. Guests can stay overnight at the Leid Lodge or sample the "farm to table" menu at the lodge's Timber Dining Room. Travelers can even take home a piece of the experience: At the Lied Greenhouse, visitors can select a seedling to take back with them to plant. W W W . A R B O R D A Y F A R M . O R G Courtesy Arbor Day Farm Visitors can pick apples at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City.

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