If you want to see what’s happened to the former Guilford County Prison Farm – which dropped “Prison” from the name about seven years ago – well, Saturday, July 17 is a good chance to do so.

Guilford County Parks and other county employees were excited to see the Guilford County Farm is now included on a smartphone application that should enhance the experience of the visit.  Using the Visit NC Farms App, interested sightseers can explore the farms, farmers markets and local restaurants that are “off the beaten path and unique to each community,” according to promotional literature regarding the app. 

Parks officials were pleased to announce this week that the statewide application now includes the Guilford County Farm.

“We encourage everyone to download the app today and start visiting the farm and other local agriculture-based venues,” said Parks Supervisor John Gladstone in a press release.  “The County Farm is an asset and we want more people to get out here and explore it for themselves.”

Gladstone will lead a tour of the Guilford County Farm – now a county park – on Saturday, July 17 at 9 a.m. Those interested can register to attend on the Parks’ website. The tour will highlight the history of the farm, hiking trails, greenhouses, vineyards, fishing ponds and a lot more.  Anyone familiar with the farm knows that there is a great deal of history out there in the 800 county-owned acres in eastern Guilford County.

The Visit NC Farms App can help people find a lot of other interesting spots in the state to visit. It offers info on a variety of “agriculture opportunities” as well – from “pick-your-own” vegetables and fruits, to vineyards and wineries.  It also includes restaurants and bars that source local ingredients. Information will include details concerning the operation, hours of operation, and driving directions.

In addition, the app was recently updated to include locally made itineraries and trips.

 The Visit NC Farms App can be found in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play store.

 For questions concerning the app, please contact the Guilford County Cooperative Extension office at 336-641-2400.

For more information about Guilford County Parks, visit www.guilfordparks.com or follow the system on Facebook @GuilfordCountyParks.