FarmFest Teaches Mountain Farming Skills

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most visited areas in Virginia's National Parks System. For the past 12 years, FarmFest at Humpback Farm has been responsible for at least part of that.

It started as a way to boost that visitation on the south end of the Parkway.

Now, the festival aims to educate people about the life of the 1890's farmer.

From living arrangements, shopping techniques and farming the mountain's rocky soils, organizers want the fest to bring the site alive with demonstrations of the old skills.

"This was part of our American heritage," said Ted Hughes, an Interpretive Ranger for the National Parks Service. "Virginia was the mother of all states and we're very proud of that. We try to educate people in that it wasn't always easy; that life was hard here in the mountains."


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