Calling all locavores! In this age of knowing where and how your food is produced, the New River Valley has many regional resources. Red Sun Farms in Dublin is the largest fully integrated high-tech greenhouse in North America to own and operate farms in all three NAFTA countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The operating philosophy of “From Our Seeds to Your Plate” closes the gap between grower, retailer, and consumer. Incorporating non-GMO seeds, year-round growing, and multiple distribution centers Red Sun is able to minimize distance and time to deliver fresh, healthful produce. The acres under roof and technical equipment for this huge operation will interest LLI members from both business and gardening points of view.

Lunch will be served at the Blue Door Restaurant at the Draper Mercantile.  As a historic site and long-standing local tradition, the Draper Mercantile has been a gathering place for the community for over 125 years.

After lunch, we’ll get a different take on fresh food at the smaller aquaponic operation, Pulaski Grow, in Draper. This business provides locally grown food to the community while preparing youth for the business world through intensive, hands-on job training. 

Van transportation will be provided. Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes. You’ll be provided with protective clothing at Red Sun Farms – to protect the plants and the greenhouse environment, not your clothes!

Red Sun Farms and Pulaski Grow Field Trip


AARP Blacksburg Chapter #2613
Serving the New River Valley Since 1976

Friday, October 19

Meet at 9:30 a.m., Inn at Virginia Tech parking lot

Return approximately 3:00 p.m.

Event limit: 18

Cost:  $15 payable by credit card online to AARP Blacksburg

Van transportation provided


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