6 tips for respecting grounds during farm-to-table dinners

Make the most out of your dinners
6 tips for respecting grounds during farm-to-table dinners
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Lauren Rudersdorf, co-owner of Raleigh’s Hillside Farm, shares these tips on how to make the most of your time on a farm without harming its beautiful surroundings.

1. Farms are places of employment for the farmers who tend to them and invest a lot of time and hard work in them. It’s where they spend their lives. Wait to receive instructions to ensure you won’t upset any crops when you roam the fields.

2. Farms are great places to bring children, but there may be equipment or animals present that could be dangerous. Just be sure to keep an eye on your children and make sure they abide by any specific safety instructions.

3. Many farms hosting farm-to-table events allow visitors to pet the animals, but it’s wise to ask if certain ones spook easily or aren’t friendly. Don’t make a beeline for the animals until you know it is safe to do so.

4. When walking through the fields, try to follow existing footprints so that you don’t accidentally disturb any crops. Vining crops like watermelons, pumpkins and zucchinis are especially susceptible to disease, so be sure to avoid stepping on them.

5. If you are a smoker, do not light a cigarette or any other tobacco products on a vegetable farm. Smokers should also avoid wearing clothing they have smoked in recently, and should wash their hands before going on a tour. Tobacco can spread disease in tomatoes.

6. Don’t litter. Whether it’s a beer bottle or a small wrapper, don’t leave it behind in the fields. Be especially cautious with glass because if it were to break in the field, it could be harmful to the plants and people around it.