Manitoba’s farm families have until April 30 to register as hosts for the fourth annual Open Farm Day Sept. 15.
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn says the event gives a chance to interact with non-farmers in ways that foster a better understanding of food origins and agriculture.
“Farming is an important contributor to our province’s success and we want to show Manitobans how our farmers bring fresh produce, primary crops and a variety of livestock and other foods to consumers across the province and around the world,” said Kostyshyn in a release. “By opening the farm gates to the public, we can showcase Manitoba agriculture and give farmers an opportunity to directly market their products.”
Last year, 51 farms participated in Open Farm Day, attracting over 4,600 visitors. 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. Many farm families provide demonstrations, recreational activities, tours and commentaries on farm life.
Host farms will be provided with farm gate signs, posters and map brochures giving directions to the participating farms. In addition, the host farms will have an opportunity to be featured in videos that can be used for additional marketing purposes.
Farmers wishing to participate in Open Farm Day can call Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives at 204-821-5322.