Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Prince Edward Island

Government of Prince Edward Island

September 17, 2009 12:36 ET

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

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - Twenty Prince Edward Island 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 provide safe, top quality food for us at home and for many markets around the world," said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "I encourage everyone to attend Open Farm Day as it will be a great opportunity for the whole family to learn about the hard work, innovation and dedication that goes into getting delicious food from the farm to our fork."

"Open Farm Day is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the agriculture industry, find out how food is produced and meet the people who produce it," said acting Agriculture Minister Wes Sheridan. "I encourage everyone to take in what promises to be a most interesting and enjoyable day."

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.

This year's theme is "Connecting people and agriculture."

"The Agriculture Awareness Committee is proud to invite the entire Island community to participate in the 8th annual Open Farm Day. This event presents a unique opportunity to meet our farmers and enjoy the great taste of P.E.I.'s fresh, local produce," said Dave Thompson, Chairman of P.E.I. Agriculture Awareness Committee

The agriculture and food industry is the leading industry in Prince Edward Island. It accounts for roughly one in every four jobs in the province and annual farm cash receipts of approximately $390 million dollars.

With that economic impact in mind, the Government of Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island this year launched Growing Forward, a $24.6-million, multi-year set of federal and provincial agricultural programs to help P.E.I. 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 Prince Edward Island is available at www.gov.pe.ca/go/peiopenfarmday.

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
    P.E.I. Department of Agriculture
    Charlottetown
    Wayne MacKinnon
    Communications
    902-368-4888
    or
    David Smallman
    P.E.I. Open Farm Day Coordinator
    902-367-4799 or 902-388-0173