While listening to the radio a few days ago, I learned that some jobs, because of limited financial gain, you just have to love to excel in.

For instance, teaching in a public school was one of the jobs listed.

As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise,” my job was one of them. I love my job. What could be better than visiting farms, watching beautiful crops grow and advising on how to make them even lovelier?

In the past few years, farm folks have found that many of y’all would also enjoy the “Farm Experience.” We have developed a fancy term for this: “Agritourism.”

Agritourism has really begun to germinate and grow in the Pee Dee. Some of the folks with Clemson Extension are trying to get you, artists and the farm folks on the same page, or like I say, “in the same field,” to make this “Farm Experience” more interesting, with pictures, and interactive for all. It is called the Ag+Art Tour, and it includes tour sites of farms, community gardens and farmers markets.

At each location, art will be featured. The artists range from weavers, painters, musicians, storytellers, metalworkers and craftsmen to poets and singers.

Some of the farms will offer value-added products, such as jarred and canned foods, honey, baked goods or even farm-fresh meals. Today you can join the tours in Kershaw and York counties from 1 to 5 p.m. Next weekend (June 15-16) it will be Fairfield County being highlighted, then June 22-23 Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster and Union counties, and June 29-30 Richland County.

Saturday tours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday tours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. To plan your tour, visit agandarttour.com. One of the goals of this free, self-guided tour is to give people a better knowledge of what is produced in their own backyard. As Oliver Douglas of “Green Acres” fame would say, “If farm living is the life for you but you don’t want to leave Manhattan – don’t buy the farm, just visit during the Ag+Art Tour.”

Also, you can find out more information about agritourism events by contacting the Florence Convention and Visitors Center at 843-664-0330, visitflo.com, or drop by their office at the Florence Center.

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.

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