Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

September 08, 2011 13:28 ET

Open Farm Day Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary- And You're Invited!

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2011) - Sixty-two Nova Scotia farms will open their doors to the public on Sunday, September 18, as Open Farm Day marks its 10th anniversary. This year, all four provinces in the region are taking part in this agricultural showcase.

Open Farm Day offers the public a chance to see the industry first hand.

"Open Farm Day visitors will find that farming today is a modern, innovative and competitive business," said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "Our farmers are dedicated to producing high quality, safe food and take great pride in their operations.

A total of 136 farms in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are participating in this year's tenth anniversary Open Farm Day.

"Last year, Nova Scotia saw over 10,000 farm visits on Open Farm Day," said the Minister of Agriculture, John MacDonell. "This keen participation demonstrates the popularity of the event, which showcases farmers who are helping bring delicious healthy foods to our table, while providing good jobs and growing Nova Scotia's economy."

The event is supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Sobeys Inc., provincial governments and farm organizations in the Atlantic region.

This year's theme is "Farmers Feed Communities."

"We have a record number of farms open for this year's event," said Beth Densmore, President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. "This is a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to experience the work and passion that our farmers put into producing quality local food to help feed our communities."

The Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia continue to support the agriculture sector through Growing Forward, a $24.6 million, multi-year series of federal and provincial agricultural programs that assist Nova Scotia farmers in becoming more profitable and competitive.

In Nova Scotia, there are approximately 3,795 farms employing 5,800 people. In 2010, farm cash receipts totalled $497.7 million and at $277 million, international exports continued to help drive the province's agri-food sector. Dairy is the top revenue-generating sector, followed by fur (mink) and chicken. Eggs, cattle, blueberries, vegetables, floriculture, Christmas trees and apples each generated more than $10 million in farm gate revenues in 2010.

A list of Open Farm Day locations in Nova Scotia is available at:

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

    Heather Deighan
    Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

    Wanda Hamilton
    Communications, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture