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  • 21 Sep 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    These South Carolina foods were nearly extinct, but are being revived

    Greenville News

    One of the key elements in creating South Carolina beer has been discovering old varieties and new, hybrid varieties of grain that grow well in the state’s climate. The process of reviving those grains has been going on for years, but has gained ...

  • 14 Sep 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Vermont receives nearly $500k to help sugarmakers market products

    mynbc5.com

    Vermont is receiving nearly half a million dollars in federal grant money to help market various maple products from the state. The Agency of Agriculture said federal agriculture officials funded six applications nationally, including one ...

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  • 7 Sep 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    A Haunted Farm 2.5 Hours From Montreal Will Bring Your Worst Nightmares To Life This Fall

    mtlblog.com

    If you're a fan of haunted houses and horror, and you're already thinking about Halloween, then get ready for FrightFest. At the end of the month, the annual event returns to Saunders Farm, just two-and-a-half hours away from Montreal ...


  • 31 Aug 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Agritourism in Alberta foothills expanding to diversify, share ‘passion and expertise’

    globalnews.ca

    Producers in Alberta’s foothills region are shifting their businesses to incorporate agritourism. A study conducted by Foothills Tourism suggests the area and historical agriculture is at risk without the transition ...


  • 24 Aug 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    201-year-old farm to open new cidery

    timesunion.com

    The Kents didn’t celebrate their family farm’s bicentennial anniversary last year. They were too busy surviving the pandemic. “We did COVID for our 200th. I don’t know what we’re going to do for our 300th. Maybe an apocalypse?” joked Jim ...


  • 17 Aug 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    How a sunflower festival in Botetourt County blossomed into an event attended by thousands nationwide

    wsls.com

    As Candace Monaghan prepared to run her first sunflower festival in 2016, one thought ran through her head: ‘Who’s gonna pay to see a sunflower?’

    While she continued setting up for the event, butterflies filled her stomach and ...


  • 16 Aug 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    York County’s Own Maize Quest Designed The Field Of Dreams Maze In Secret For Major League Baseball’s New Stadium Debut

    Hugh McPherson

    Photo credit MLB.com

    New Park, PA – (Aug 2021) It was an unexpected call that started the two-year story leading up to Maize Quest’s contract to design and cut the “Field of Dreams Corn Maze” for Major League Baseball in Dyersville, IA. The corn maze depicting the MLB logo made its public debut with the historic opening game on Thursday night between the White Sox & the Yankees. The project was delayed by COVID for a year, but the connection, through Baam Productions, continued in secrecy to allow for the dramatic reveal in 2021.

    “We didn’t know what to expect, but we’ve been designing and cutting corn mazes now for 25 years, so we figured we could do it,” says Hugh McPherson, the Mazemaster at Maize Quest. “Once we said ‘Yes’, then the design, proofing and approval process really began.”

    Maize Quest, founded by Hugh McPherson on his family’s Maple Lawn Farms in Fawn Township York County, has been ‘losing guests’ in the cornfield since 1997. In 1999, fellow farmers started calling for help creating corn maze attractions at their own farms. The corn maze design business grew to help over 80 farms annually across America, Canada and even the UK.

    “Each design is custom made for the field and theming requested by the farmer,” says Michelle Posey, the Maize Quest “Catalyst” for helping other farms. “The only limit is their imagination, so helping the baseball league was to us, just making sure another client was happy with the living maze artwork.”

    In 2000, Maize Quest added Designer Dave Phillips and his company A-Mazed to add professional artwork, characters, 3-D signs and more to each farm’s maze attraction package. Tim Day of Shenandoah, VA travels with GPS Unit, tractor and family to each location to cut the maze through the living cornstalks.

    “It was great to see all the players very specifically go into the maze for some fun and relaxation before the game,” said Ray Salverda, project manager at BaAM productions who oversaw the Field of Dreams project. “It has been a real pleasure to work with Maize Quest and I am so happy we got [the maze] in this year.”

    Over the years, Maize Quest cut logos for Dodge, Coca-Cola, NFL, NBA and college football teams, all licensed locally through partnerships with local farms. Each carefully approved before a single stalk is cut.

    “It is a great moment when one of our local farmer clients can work successfully with a major brand or organization bringing guests to the farm and positive impact to the brand,” says McPherson. “It was a honor to be entrusted with this MLB project. It really was a “Field of Dreams” for our team, too.”

    Maple Lawn Farms is currently open for peach & apple picking, with the home farm’s corn maze set to open Saturday, September 4, 2021. This year’s maze features the Maize Quest Corn Characters and a theme titled “Secrets of the Maze” for the 25th anniversary of the Fall family attraction.

    Maize Quest has designed well over 100 NAFDMA member corn mazes over the past 23 years.

    For more information on Maize Quest’s Corn Maze & Fun Park at the home farm visit www.MazeFunPark.com.

  • 10 Aug 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    New Poultry Learning Center Focuses on Education for Community and Classrooms

    Johnson City Press

    North Carolina poultry farmer Steven Brake has debuted a new Poultry Learning Center at his family farm. The new educational facility hosts students and other guests in the community who would like to know more about poultry farming...

  • 3 Aug 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    West Fork Whiskey Breaks Ground On New Facility, Adding To Indiana's Agritourism

    wfyi.org

    Indiana-based craft distiller West Fork Whiskey broke ground on its second location Tuesday. The company said it will be one of the state’s largest agritourism destinations ...


  • 27 Jul 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Maize Valley Winery in Hartville hosts national agritourism conference

    wkyc.com

    Bill Bakan was putting on a show for a very special group of guests here at his Maize Valley Winery & Craft Brewery in Hartville. He danced up a storm, motivating his audience to get involved in the show. "GO DUCKS GO!" ...


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