Local farms open to visitors

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TRURO – Nova Scotians can learn first-hand where local food comes from when farms across the province open their gates to visitors on Open Farm Day,

Sunday, Sept. 15.

"I encourage Nova Scotians to visit local farms and meet the folks

dedicated to putting the freshest, tastiest food available on our

tables," said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell in a news release. "Open Farm Day is a great opportunity to learn more about an industry that contributes so

significantly to our local economy, our communities and our well-being."

This year, 51 Nova Scotia farms will be open to the public, as well as 20

in Prince Edward Island and 36 in New Brunswick. Activities include

demonstrations, guided tours, u-picks, wine tasting, wagon rides and a

grape stomp. Most farms will have local products available for purchase.

The event, supported by the federal and provincial governments, the Nova

Scotia Federation of Agriculture and other agricultural groups, raises

awareness about local agriculture and the benefits of buying local food.

"Open Farm Day is a backstage pass for consumers to see, first-hand, the

hard work, skill and dedication of our farmers," said Dennis Boudreau,

president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. "It helps

reconnect people to where their food is coming from."

In Nova Scotia, there are more than 3,900 farms employing about 6,000

people. Last year, the industry generated $585.5 million in farm cash

receipts. Dairy is the top revenue-generating sector, followed by fur and

chicken. Eggs, cattle, blueberries, vegetables, floriculture, Christmas

trees and apples each generated more than $10 million in farm gate


A list of participating farms, and the hours they will be open, is

available at www.meetyourfarmer.ca/openfarmday .

Organizations: NovaScotia Federation of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

Geographic location: Nova Scotians, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island New Brunswick

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