Be farmer for a day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - RICHARD KOSER

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.far­ 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.far­ au.

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