Island farms open gates to pub­lic

An­nual event pro­vides op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness

Journal Pioneer - - COMMUNITY -

Is­lan­ders will get a chance to learn about life on the farm Sun­day dur­ing open farm day. Prince Ed­ward Island farm­ers will once again open their doors to give the pub­lic a first­hand look at how lo­cal farms con­trib­ute to Canadian agri­cul­ture.

“Open farm day on Prince Ed­ward Island gives farm­ers a chance to high­light their farm­ing oper­a­tions and to in­crease the agri­cul­ture aware­ness for all,” said Ber­nadette For­rester, chair­woman of the P.E.I. agri­cul­ture aware­ness com­mit­tee. “The day in­cludes in­ter­ac­tions to learn about life on the farm and to en­sure a trust in the agri-food in­dus­try.” There is a wide range of farms par­tic­i­pat­ing this year, cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of commodities, in­clud­ing dairy, potato, mar­ket gar­den, sheep, beef, poul­try, blue­ber­ries, bees/honey, mixed farms, veg­etable, or­ganic, or­chards and more. Or­ga­niz­ers have part­nered with the P.E.I. Wood­lot Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and three wood­lots are part of the tour as well. Farms will demon­strate their oper­a­tions, an­swer ques­tions from the pub­lic and al­low visi­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence what life is like for farm­ers across the Island. The event of­fers Is­lan­ders of all ages the op­por­tu­nity to see where their food comes from and learn how farms op­er­ate.

Last year, 29 par­tic­i­pat­ing farms on P.E.I. wel­comed 5,500 visi­tors.

A com­plete list of par­tic­i­pat­ing farms is posted on the P.E.I. agri­cul­ture aware­ness com­mit­tee web­page: www.peiagsc.ca/open­far­m­day.

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