Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 21, 2007 12:56 ET

AAFC: Provincial Farms to Host Public on Open Farm Day

ST.JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2007) - Open Farm Day is taking place at 18 farms across the province Sunday, September 23. It is an opportunity for the public to meet some of the province's local food producers and see where your food comes from.

"Open Farm Day is a great way to experience life on the farm" said the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "Our farm producers provide the public with safe, high-quality food every day and I encourage the public to visit and learn about the important work done on the farm."

Open Farm Day serves as the kick-off for the Canadian Agriculture and Food Celebration (CAFC), designed to spotlight the importance of the agriculture and the food industry. Through the CAFC, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada supports agriculture awareness projects that improve public understanding of the agriculture and agri-food sector.

The agriculture industry is a significant contributor to the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador with sales valued at $500 million a year. Our local industry is growing and diversifying, providing meaningful jobs in rural communities across the province. The industry provides direct and indirect employment for 6,200 people, mainly in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

A list of Open Farm Day locations in Newfoundland and Labrador is available at: www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/openfarmday_2007.pdf

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