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Three Sisters Farm on Country Gardens Tour

Last Updated on Jun 11, 2021 at 12:13pm | Agribusiness

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. From Staff Reports. Submitted photo.
 
 
 
The Carr Family at Three Sisters Farm in one of their seasonal high tunnels with raised beds. From left are Tyler Hare, Emma Carr, Stacy Carr, Kyla Carr, Rodney Carr, Sara Carr and Sean Devlin.On Saturday, June 26, the Mountain Laurel Garden Club will host its 20th Country Gardens Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
The tour includes two farm gardens and one town garden in the Accident area of northern Garrett County. “Three Sisters Farm,” one of the featured farm gardens, is a 30-acre diversified farm established by Stacy and Rodney Carr in 2016.
 
Three Sisters Farm was started to provide self-sustainability for the family, as well as being aesthetically pleasing and therapeutic. The name represents the three Carr daughters (the “three sisters” Emma, Kyla, and Sara). The farm features flower, produce, and berry plots plus livestock, grape arbors, and two small orchards.
 
“Our farm is a place my family can always call home,” Rodney Carr said. “I plant the gardens and raise animals for the satisfaction of seeing them all grow, more for therapy than the food or money.”
 
The visit will include a walk through the fields and a chance to learn about start-up farming. The Carrs use raised beds and seasonal high tunnels to extend the growing season. They also use “chicken tractors” in their gardens. Chicken tractors are mobile chicken coops that provide a symbiotic cycle of foraging through which the birds eat down vegetation, deposit fertilizing manure, and then move on to a new area.
 
The family sells their products at several local farmers markets, including Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in downtown Oakland. Farm-fresh products will be available for sale at on the day of the tour at Three Sisters Farm. Huckleberry Caterers will also be on site during the tour preparing small dishes for sale using ingredients from Three Sisters.
 
The cost of a ticket for the tour is $10, which includes a short description of each garden. Club members will sell tour tickets at the club’s popular Perennial Plant Sale in front of the Garrett County Historical Society in downtown Oakland from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12.
 
Tickets may be purchased in advance at Arrowhead Market, Firefly Farms Market and Creamery, Green Acres Garden Center, Gregg’s Pharmacy, Mosser Meadow Nurseries, and from club members. Club members will also sell tour tickets at the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in downtown Oakland on Saturday, June 12 and 19. Tickets may also be purchased at each of the gardens on the day of the tour.
 
For tickets and more information, contact Betsy Potts at bhpotts04@hotmail.com or 614-946-7169.