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Farmers encouraged to register for Open Farm Day

This year's event will be held September 20; farmers have until June 1 to register

The Manitoba government is encouraging farmers to participate in the sixth annual Open Farm Day to share information about the diversity and importance of the province’s farms while also showcasing local foods, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn says in a release.

“Open Farm Day is our opportunity to showcase Manitoba’s agricultural industry and to give a glimpse into how today’s farms are managed,” Kostyshyn said. “It’s also a chance for farmers and others with farm-based businesses to reach new customers, creating opportunities for economic growth and diversification.”

Open Farm Day is an opportunity for Manitobans to connect directly with farms, ranches and market gardens across the province. Host farms will be provided with signs, posters and brochures. They will have an opportunity to be featured in videos that can be used for additional marketing purposes.

Kostyshyn noted the Manitoba government is continuing its partnership with the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies (MAAS) on Open Farm Day.

“The Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies welcomes the opportunity to work together in promoting the diversity of agriculture in Manitoba,” said Annette Young, MAAS president. “It is an exciting and educational opportunity to showcase what producing your food is all about.”

This year, Open Farm Day takes place on Sept. 20. Last year, 47 farms participated in Open Farm Day and attracted more than 8,000 visitors. Farm sites with livestock, grain and fruit or vegetables can participate, as well as agri-tourism, horticultural and farm-focused agribusinesses. Many sites provide demonstrations, recreational activities, tours and other events as part of their Open Farm Day celebration.

Potential host farms must apply by June 1. The application is available online at the Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development website.

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Shannon VanRaes is a journalist and photojournalist at the Manitoba Co-operator. She also writes a weekly urban affairs column for Metro Winnipeg, and has previously reported for the Winnipeg Sun, Outwords Magazine and the Portage Daily Graphic.

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