City meets country on farm trail

Alpacas roaming free are a rare sight for city dwellers.

Despite torrential rain more than 300 visitors, many from Brisbane, paid a visit on Saturday to local farms as part of the Cooloola Farm Trail, and even more visited in perfect weather on Sunday.

Farmers opened their properties to the visitors who were thrilled to be able to walk around rural properties, come up close to farm animals and see a working farm in action.

It was the third year for the event and the most popular to date.

Alpaca farmer Maureen Piggott, who owns one of the district’s oldest farms (Lot No. 3) said farmers desperately needed the support of the community to be sustainable.

She said several community groups including Country Noosa, FAN, Slow Food Noosa and Permaculture Noosa were working together to ensure the survival of local farmers and educate urban dwellers about the work involved in farming.

  

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