By Nicole Lewis
Nestled amongst the hills and hollers of Centerville, Tennessee are three women with common threads of love for local, sustainable farming, for creative arts, and for their community. They took it upon themselves to create a back roads tour of farms, art studios, live music performances and community centers across the beautiful, rural Hickman County area working under the name Arts & Ag. While not an “official” non-profit, they are not paid or compensated in any way for their contributions. Each person volunteers her time, bringing a specific talent to the table with a passionate belief in good country living and doing so right here in Hickman County.
Arts & Ag Mission Statement
Arts & Ag provides an open network for independently owned, craft-based, and agrarian businesses; and, to promote those local businesses to the public. Furthermore, Arts & Ag will provide educational opportunities for the community about the arts, cottage industry and sustainable farming. Through these efforts we hope to raise awareness, encourage creativity, increase agri-tourism and commerce in Hickman County, and support the practice of small-scale, sustainable agriculture.
Call to Artists and Farms!
To be a part of the Tour, please visit www.artsandagtour.wordpress.com to download an application. There is also a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page for more details. Featured will be small sustainable farms, artists, crafters, musicians and thespians. Call Antonia Meadors with questions at 931-729-0690.
Save the Dates!
The 2013 Arts & Ag Tour will be Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th. In early May, maps will be available to download for free at www.artsandagtour.wordpress.com. Souvenir maps with the event schedule will be available for purchase at Wild Duck Soup Emporium, 105 South Public Square, Centerville TN, 931-729-0690. The Tour is free. Some stops will be open both days, some only one so please refer to the schedule. Stay posted by subscribing to the blog and “liking” Arts & Ag on Facebook. Mark your calendars now for a great Hickman County adventure!