Be farmer for a day
IF YOU are one of those people who think chickens are naturally boneless and shrink-wrapped, Farm Day might be a welcome eye-opener.
On the other hand, if you think consumers are all citified consumers terrified of getting their Manolo Blahniks filthy, you might want to register online at www.farmday.com.au for a giggle.
FarmDay is a national even where a city family is hosted on a farm for a day.
Organiser Deb Bain said the day was a unique opportunity for urban families to be part of life on the farm.
She didn’t say if it was an opportunity to get some of the really mucky jobs done.
“Now more than ever, it’s important for farmers to be able to show what they do and the circumstances they work under to make sure there’s great Australian food on the table,” she said.
“We love to match city fami- lies with all manner of working farm operations - whether it be bee-keeping, wine-making or deer-farming.”
Ms Bain said most city participants came away with a better understanding of farming and its role in everyday life.
“Our research indicates 98 per cent are more likely to buy Australian produce as a result,” she said.
Last year, FarmDay ended up with more families looking for a farm experience than farmers willing to open their gate.
Unfortunately for local farmers however, the main aim of the exercise is not to get some unpaid labour for a day, but to give city kids a chance to get up close and personal with the livestock.
So if you need help servicing the harvester or mucking out the pigs on the last weekend of May, you’d be better off asking a neighbour.
But if you’d like to share your farm with some Akubrawearing city-slickers, you can sign up on www.farmday.com. au.