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Visitors to the Verwey farm will get up close an personal with dairy calves during Open Farm Day Sep. 15.

Doors prepare to swing open for Open Farm Day

Open Farm Day will run Sep. 15. This year’s roster includes 56 sites, including 23 that have never been seen on the day’s schedule before.

[UPDATED, Sept. 12, 2019] Open Farm Day organizer Wendy Bulloch is more than ready to take a swing at the wall between farmer and the non-farm public. It’s the main point of the event, after all — to foster public trust in food production and bridge the gap between, not only farms and the urban

Open Farm Day participants shear a sheep during a visit to Hunter Family Farm 
near Rapid City on September 17, 2017.

Ticking down to Open Farm Day 2018

Open Farm Day has become one of Manitoba’s largest agricultural outreach efforts, with locations across Manitoba and thousands of visitors, including many who would ordinarily never set foot on a farm

Rural Manitoba has once again been getting ready for its close-up. The occasion is the annual Open Farm Day slated for this Sunday, Sept. 16. Forty-two sites are preparing to open their doors to the public this weekend, slightly down from last year’s 46, although co-ordinator Wendy Bulloch says she is still happy with the


Open Farm Day participants shear a sheep during a visit to Hunter Family Farm near Rapid City Sept. 17, 2017.

Opening eyes with Open Farm Day

Manitoba’s agriculture industry opened to the public Sept. 17 for the 14th annual Open Farm Day

Farm work doesn’t stop when it rains, and neither did the province’s Open Farm Day Sept. 17. The 14th annual event, run by the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies, opened 46 venues on schedule this year despite a rainy, cold forecast in several regions. “We’ve had excellent feedback from the host sites that were involved,”

Hailey Baron-Wright, followed by Benjamin Wright-Ricker, rushes out of 
a cattle squeeze at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives farm, 
as research co-ordinator Kristelle Harper operates the gate. 


PHOTOS: Open farm day garners crowds

The annual event is a chance to showcase 
the industry every fall

More than 40 farms and agriculture-related organizations threw their doors open Sept. 17 to show the general public just what happens down on the farm. Among the volunteer hosts were John and Ann Hunter, who farm near Rapid City. They had well over 200 visitors to their farm in just a few hours. One of

Lakeshore Holsteins near Bruxelles is one of several dairies to sign up for 
Open Farm Day 2017.

Ag industry gets ready to shine with upcoming Open Farm Day

Agriculture venues across the province are getting ready for their moment in the spotlight on Open Farm Day

Rural Manitoba is preparing for a temporary population jump. Forty-six locations have signed on for the eighth annual Open Farm Day Sept. 17, including farms, museums and agricultural research centres, which will draw droves of interested non-farmers into the countryside. Participating locations have steadily increased over the past three years, Manitoba Open Farm Day co-ordinator


Visitors from far and wide took the opportunity to visit Manitoba farms on Open Farm Day.

Farm visit leaves lasting impression

Urban kids can’t stop talking about their farm visit during Open Farm Day

Mommy, I want to go back to the farm!” Michael Fuller, age three, made this point to Mom, Karen Fuller, on the drive home to Brandon from Open Farm Day. Michael and two city cousins had just spent the afternoon connecting with a real farm for the first time – and they couldn’t have been

Bison producer Ken Overby (l) and Ralph Eichler, provincial agriculture minister, talk a bit about bison production Sept. 18 as part of Open Farm Day.

Open Farm Day showcases agriculture

Manitoba’s agriculture industry put its best foot forward

A total of 44 farms and other agricultural sites threw their doors open last Sunday to celebrate Open Farm Day, part of Farm and Food Awareness week, which runs until Sept. 25. Open Farm Day co-ordinator Wendy Bulloch said the farm hosts always go the extra mile to showcase the industry at the event, which

A pair of goats greet the public on Open Farm Day.

In defence of Open Farm Day

It is an important event in a busy world

The following is a response from the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies (MAAS) to an opinion piece that ran in the Oct. 1 issue. The opinion piece by reporter Shannon VanRaes noted that many types of livestock farms cannot be open to the public due to biosecurity issues, and suggested that raises more questions with


Visitors to Newest Poultry Farms Inc. don protective footwear on Open Farm Day.

Opinion: How open is Open Farm Day?

Livestock industry is risking its social licence

In many ways, Open Farm Day is an oxymoron. As much as it tries to help the public understand modern farming, it often reinforces just how inaccessible it has become. Lured by the promise of a chicken farmer’s barn and broilers, I headed out early on Sept. 20 to see the only poultry operation on

Winter Derange (r) and Maeve Partyka (l) show off goats to visitors at Aurora Farm. Nearly 40 farms participated in the annual event, which is in its sixth year.

Open Farm Day a success

Warm weather and sunny skies drew droves of urbanites to Manitoba farms

Gravel roads and farm lanes were packed with vehicles last Sunday, as Open Farm Day brought out what might be a record number of visitors in its sixth year. Just south of Winnipeg, Aurora Farm was literally crawling with visitors of all ages, eager for the opportunity to feed a goat, touch a chicken or