Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 16, 2014 16:09 ET

Open Farm Day an Opportunity for Families to Experience Agriculture in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Thousands of people are expected at farms across New Brunswick for Open Farm Day 2014 on September 21, as farmers open their doors to the public.

At this year's 32 participating farms, families will be able to get close to farm animals, watch cows being milked, pick apples and other fruit and take wagon rides through fields. Visitors will also see parts of farming that don't immediately come to mind when they think about agriculture, including alpacas and beekeeping.

Quick Facts

  • The event has funding support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Provincial Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries and the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick.

  • The agriculture and agri-food industry in New Brunswick saw farm cash receipts totaled $569.6 million in 2013.

  • The federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 agreement in New Brunswick signed in July of 2013 provides $37 million in federal and provincial funding over five years to assist farmers, processors and exporters in their goal to be innovative, competitive, sustainable and profitable.

Quotes

"Open Farm Day is the perfect opportunity for families to learn about food production in the Atlantic region by visiting a working farm and talking with their local hard-working producers."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"Open Farm Day is a great way for people to meet their local farmers, ask questions, and learn about the provinces agriculture and agri-food industry. Not only that, but It's also a valuable learning experience for our children about where their food comes from."

- Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Michael Olscamp for New Brunswick

"Open Farm Day is a unique opportunity for people of all ages. The event provides for a wonderful family activity. Most people, often do not get to experience being on a farm, see how a farm operates and ask questions directly to producers on how food and other agri-products get to the store. Visiting children are enthralled from all they see and learn. Producers who participated in the past say that Open Farm Day is the best day of the year to interact with and educate consumers."

- Jennifer MacDonald, Agricultural Alliance of NB President

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

Contact Information

  • Emily Hoogeveen
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    Follow us on Twitter: @AAFC_Canada

    Valerie Kilfoil
    Communications
    New Brunswick Department of Agriculture Aquaculture and
    Fisheries
    Fredericton
    506-444-4405

    Nicole Arseneau
    Office Manager
    Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick
    Fredericton
    506 452-8101
    alliance@fermeNBfarm.ca