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June is "Ag and Art Tour" Month in SC

Brad Hoffman
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

If you haven’t heard, June is "Ag and Art Tour" Month in South Carolina.  Since 2012, this free, self-guided tour of farms and artisans across several counties in our state has been giving visitors the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase food and art, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folk songs, and learn more about rural life.  This tour is, in fact, the largest free "farm and art" tour in the nation.

Mike Switzer interviews Brad Hoffman, co-founder of Gypsy Wind Farms in Blair, SC, one of the Ag and Art Tour stops this year.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.