Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

September 17, 2009 12:02 ET

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Public Invited to Spend a Day on the Farm

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - Thirty-seven New Brunswick farms will open their doors to the public on Sunday, September 20, for the 8th annual Open Farm Day, a Maritime-wide agricultural awareness event that lets people learn more about local food production.

"Canadian farmers work hard to produce safe, top quality food for our dinner table and those around the world," said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "Open Farm Day is an excellent opportunity to learn about Canadian agriculture and show case the dedication and innovation that goes into the production of our food."

"This year's theme, Farmers Feed Communities, is very appropriate in that it recognizes the important role played by New Brunswick farmers in helping to maintain the health and well-being of New Brunswickers," said Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of the unique opportunity that Open Farm Day provides to visit farms, meet our farmers and witness first-hand how many agriculture and agri-food products are being grown and raised throughout our province."

More than 100 farms in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are participating in this year's Open Farm Day. The event is being supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Sobey's Inc., and the Maritime provincial governments and agriculture awareness committees.

"Open Farm Day is an excellent way for country and city to meet," said Jennifer MacDonald, Chair of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick's Promotion and Relations Committee. "It gives our city cousins a glimpse into farm life."

The agriculture and food industry accounts for $1.7 billion in New Brunswick, with annual farm cash receipts of about $480 million.

With that economic impact in mind, the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick this year launched Growing Forward, a $24.6-million, multi-year set of federal and provincial agricultural programs to help New Brunswick farmers become more profitable, innovative and competitive. Growing Forward includes additional demand-driven funding for business risk management programs to help protect farmers against production and market losses.

A list of Open Farm Day locations in New Brunswick is available at www.fermeNBfarm.ca.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059
    or
    Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture
    Gisele Regimbal
    Communications
    506-444-4218
    or
    Promotion and Relations Committee.
    Jennifer MacDonald
    506-853-5354