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.
City slickers received a glimpse into hardworking farm life Sunday during Manitoba’s first annual Open Farm Day.
Thirty seven farms across the province swung open their barn doors to curious eyes to show the inner workings of their operations.
People of all ages toured dairy farms, orchards, bison farms and more to see what really goes on to put the food many take for granted on their plate.
Horseback River Trails in Otterburne was an intimate farm experience for visitors, giving people the opportunity to feed horses, hens and pet bunnies. Owners Dan and Lisa McLeod guided riders on the “Trails of Narnia” on their property and taught those interested on how to care for the animals, including proper brushing techniques.
Nearby at Steinbach Corn Maze and Adventures, a taste of city life greeted those who entered the barn, as arcade games kept the kids busy when they were finished touring the challenging corn maze outside.
At Benner Holsteins Ltd. east of Steinbach, the dairy farm that has been in business since 1954 showed visitors its milking procedures and other facilities that take up a large part of the property’s 1,400 acres. Benner Holsteins milks 200 cows in the robot (automated) barn and 60 by hand in the tie stall. A barn fire in 1987 set the operation back, but the family rebuilt bigger and better, expanding its facilities again in 2001.
Just across the road, Penner Pumpkins drew mostly children to its family-friendly compound, which boasts an antique tractor display, petting farm, scarecrow forest, corn maze and zip line.
Manitoba Agriculture organized Open Farm Day and is already planning to hold it again next year.
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By David Klassen
Visitors will have a chance to see inside over 35 Manitoba farms on Sunday as part of the province’s first Open Farm Day.
Activities are planned at farms throughout Manitoba, but most of them will be in Steinbach.
From 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., people can test their sense of direction by making their way through the Steinbach Corn Maze and Adventures.
“For many Manitobans, Open Farm Day will be the first opportunity they will have to visit a farm, meet a farm family and see what the business of farming is all about,” said Agriculture Minister Stan Struthers in a statement.
The day will end with a delicious homemade meal in the Mennonite Heritage Village. Supper from the Field will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (204) 392-7268 and are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 years and under.
For a list of participating farms, call (204) 821-5322 or visit the province’s website (PDF).
UPDATE: Tickets for tomorrow’s fall supper are sold out. Organizers are planning another supper — likely in the spring — due to overwhelming demand.