• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Woodford County Farm Tour Monday, July 22 Jouett House among stops

The 54th annual Woodford County Farm Tour will include stops that former county Judge-Executive John Coyle had wanted to do for several years, county Extension agent for agriculture Adam Probst said. Coyle died last November. Probst described this year’s first stop at the Jack Jouett House historic site as one Coyle wanted to do. “Fortunately this year,” he said, “we have a lot of good things to show down there.” Those on the farm tour will see the historic site’s small hemp plot and learn how that farm commodity fits into Kentucky agriculture, Probst said. “We’ve talked about it some in the past,” he said, “… but we keep learning more and more every day about hemp so we’re going trying to talk a little bit more on what we’ve learned and what they do with” the crop in Kentucky. Visitors will also see an herb garden and learn about the historical significance of the Jack Jouett House, he said. Lakeview Farm – owned by the Jolly family – is the second stop and will focus on farm pond management. The tour’s third stop at Sunrise Stables (Melissa Moore) will showcase Saddlebred horse training and allow visitors to see how this equine operation differs from the Thoroughbred horse farms that people typically see, Probst said. “We have so few farmers that actually come on the tour,” he said, “it’s more of an ag awareness type program that we do; trying to educate the rest of the public … about what we’re doing on the farm.” The 2019 Woodford County Farm Tour will conclude with lunch at the Coyle family farm in Nonesuch. It had been a wish of John Coyle’s to host the lunch at his family’s farm, said Probst. “That was always something he was always looking forward to,” Probst said, after giving a nod of appreciation to Coyle’s family for being supportive of making those plans come to fruition. The farm tour begins with a tradition – Bear’s Breakfast – from 7 to 7:45 a.m. in the Woodford County Agriculture Resource Building on Beasley Road. The breakfast named for John Coyle, who sponsored the meal, will continue, thanks to sponsors Kentucky Farm Bureau agency Manager Courtney Roberts, county Judge-Executive James Kay and state Rep. Joe Graviss, according to Probst. Anyone going on the Woodford County Farm Tour must board buses outside the Agriculture Resource Building at 8 next Monday morning. They should call 873-4941 or 873-4601 so organizers know how many buses and lunches will be needed for this year’s tour. Anyone wishing to donate items (five subject spiral notebooks, colored pencils, 24 count Crayola crayons, No. 2 pencils, blunt-end scissors and glue sticks) to the more than 300 school children who will start the school year without supplies are asked to make a donation or cash donation as their “admission” to the free breakfast and lunch.

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