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Thursday, April 08, 2010 

El Capitan Canyon's Farm Fresh Fare

Includes an Organic Farm Hike and Tour...along with llama locating....

Springtime at El Capitan Canyon means the creek is gurgling with winter rains, wildflowers scatter the hills and, on the organic farm, new crops are growing. This year, guests get a day on the Canyon farm, which starts with a guided hike to learn about local flora and fauna as well as sustainable farming practices from the Canyon's own heritage farming specialist, Larry Miller. In the fields, kids of all ages are welcome to dig in the dirt to collect a little soil for their complimentary flowerpot, in which guests can plant seeds for a take-home memento of their day on the farm. Afterward, guests visit the llama pen and then return to the Canyon Market & Deli for lunch.

The Farm Fresh Package includes two nights for up to four guests in any of the Canyon's classic white safari tents or cedar cabins for a camping experience in comfort. The package also includes a gardening starter basket with four gardening pots, trowel, and seeds, four lunch vouchers redeemable at the Canyon Market & Deli, a point & shoot disposable camera to capture the moment, and a guided hike of the Selma Rubin Trail. Rates start at $415, plus tax, depending on accommodation type, and the package is available through June 3, 2010, excluding holidays.

On the guided hike along the Selma Rubin Trail past the Canyon's farm, Larry will not only impress guests with his vast knowledge of native plants, crops and farming practices but entertain them with a special visit to his herd of slightly grumpy
llamas, playful goats and laid back donkey. Larry is El Capitan Canyon's director of maintenance but also heads the farming program, where he draws on knowledge from his days on the family farm in Iowa, an agricultural education from Utah State University and years of raising sheep.

The Farm Fresh package is part of the Canyon's environmental ethos. Set over 300 acres of rolling hills and canyons, environmental stewardship is inherent at the Canyon. The property has several environmental programs with the goal to help restore, preserve and protect its lands and waterways. - Marketwire

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