Manitoba is encouraging farmers across the province to register for the sixth annual Open Farm Day.
The event is an opportunity for farms to open themselves up to the public and provide a glimpse into how they’re managed.
By David Klassen
Farms across Manitoba are opening their gates today to the public for the fifth annual Open Farm Day.
More than 45 farms are participating this year, representing 21,000 Manitoba farm operators.
Visitors can meet local producers, learn about modern farming operations and participate in fun activities and demonstrations. Many farms will also offer fresh produce for sale.
By David Klassen
Manitoba farms will open their gates to the public on Sunday in the fourth annual Open Farm Day.
The public will have an opportunity to get a first-hand look at agriculture by touring the province’s many farms to get a behind-the-scenes look at how they operate.
“The success of this event year over year shows the pride that Manitoba farmers take in their work and the role they play in our rural communities and the agricultural industry,” said Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn. “With many things to do and types of farms to visit, there is truly something for everyone to learn and explore on Open Farm Day.”
Registration for Manitoba’s fourth annual Open Farm Day is now open.
On September 15, members of the public will get the chance to tour farm properties across the province for a hands-on experience to help them gain a better understanding of the agriculture industry and of where their food comes from.
By David Klassen
Manitoba farmers will open their gates to the public on Sunday for the third annual Open Farm Day event.
The day gives people the chance to learn about the province’s vast agricultural industry.
One of the destinations hosting will be the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, where visitors can get hands-on in finding out more about agricultural heritage by unearthing our root vegetables and collecting squash. There will also be chances to grind some grain and take special agriculture-themed tours of the fort.
A dinner will follow at 4:30 p.m. as catered by Fort Bistro. Reservations are required by calling (204) 482-5253. Tickets are $35.
A list of participating farms this year can be found at OpenFarmDay.ca.
Manitobans will be able to explore the province’s farming industry for the third year in a row when Open Farm Day returns on September 16.
More than 40 farms participated last year, drawing about 5,000 members of the public to see what kind of work Manitoba farmers do on a daily basis.
“The role farms play in the production and processing of food and beverages, and their unique place in the agri-tourism industry is what makes agriculture an economic driver in this province,” said Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn.
The deadline for farms to register is April 30 by calling (204) 821-5322.
Farm sites can include fruit and vegetable producers along with crop and livestock farms. Agri-tourism, horticultural operations and agribusinesses related to farming are also invited to take part.
Manitoba farmers will open up their gates to the public on Sunday for the second annual Open Farm Day.
The agricultural event was a hit last year, as more than 35 farmers allowed visitors to tour their operations, ask questions and get a sense of what rural life is really like.
This year, 44 destinations will keep Manitobans busy all across the province on September 18.
“Open Farm Day is a platform for farmers to tell their stories, sell their products and invite visitors to share in what farming is all about,” said agricultural minister Stan Struthers. “Our farmers contribute greatly to our provincial economy and it’s important that we all recognize this and also recognize where our food comes from.”
To see a list of where you can go, download the Open Farm Day Guide from the province’s website (PDF, 1.6 MB).
View photos from last year’s event.