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 Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) - Fifty-one farms will open their doors to the public for Open Farm Day 2014 in Nova Scotia on Sunday, September 21.

Families will be able to get close to farm animals, visit a vineyard and see new grape varieties, see honey bees in action, pick apples and other fruit and take wagon rides through fields. Visitors will also see parts of agriculture that don't immediately come to mind when they think about agriculture, including alpacas and Christmas trees.

Quick Facts

  • Open Farm Day in Nova Scotia is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.
  • In Nova Scotia there are over 3,900 farms employing approximately 4,700 people.
  • In 2013, the industry generated $595.4 million in farm cash receipts. Dairy is the top revenue-generating sector, followed by fur and chicken.
  • The federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 agreement in Nova Scotia, signed in May 2013, provides $37 million federal and provincial funding over five years to ensure producers and processors have the tools and resources they need to continue to innovate and capitalize on emerging market opportunities

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 opportunity for Nova Scotians to visit local farms and meet with farmers face-to-face. I can't think of a better way to learn about our agricultural industry than by seeing a farming operation first-hand."

  • Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture, Keith Colwell

"Farmers are working hard in this province; maintaining some local food security while providing export opportunities. Open Farm Day is a perfect opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse at their passion and dedication to providing top quality products and services."

  • President Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Dennis Boudreau

Contact Information

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

    Avril Vollenhoven
    Regional Communications Officer - Nova Scotia
    902-802-4612
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    Krista Hidgon
    Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
    902-424-8860
    krista.higdon@gov.ns.ca