First-Ever Check Farm Trail Welcomes Visitors

FLOYD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – The very first Check Farm Trail Kick off this morning. The trail included five farms and two local stores across Floyd County.

Owner Ed Skopal says they would consider I-Tal Acres a non-traditional farm. For the first time on Sunday, they welcomed people in to see what’s going on behind the scenes.

“Helping show people what it takes to grow these plants, prepare them, process them and bring them to people. To help us heal ourselves, our communities, our families and our world,” Skopal said.

Their farm includes over 90 fruit trees in the food forest, where they also grow over 115 different species of herbs. After living in the Caribbean for a year, they were thrilled to bring those traditions back to Virginia.

“And it was inspiring to see people going to the bush going to the plants for their food and medicine,” Skopal added.

Floyd County has always had a craft trail and that’s where the idea for a farm trail was born. Given the number of farmers found in the county, they felt this would be a great opportunity for the community. Clark Foster, who did all the tours, said seeing how the food is prepared up close helped her realize how lucky she was.

“I feel pretty privileged to live in an area that has all these farms around us because some places don’t,” Foster explained. “And some places are food deserts and have nothing nearby. So, I feel privileged that we had the opportunity to do that.

The trail included Weathertop Farm, Seven Spring’s Farm, Kat’s Farmalette, Lil Valley Farm, The Soup Shop, and Grateful Produce. Foster says the trail has been an amazing experience.

“It was awesome, it was awesome, and you definitely should, if they ever open it like that, definitely go for it,” Foster said.

Organizers say they hope to run the farm check trail at least once a year in the future.

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