Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick

September 08, 2011 13:26 ET

Open Farm Day Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary-You are Invited

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2011) - 35 New Brunswick 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."

"I cannot overstate the value of the agriculture sector to our province's economy and to each and every New Brunswicker," said Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Michael Olscamp. "It's important that we not take it for granted. Open Farm Day is an opportunity for us to see and experience the work and passion that our farmers put into producing quality local food to help feed our communities."

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

The event is being supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Sobeys Inc., provincial governments and agriculture awareness committees in the Atlantic region.

This year's theme is "Farmers Feed Communities"

"NB Open Farm Day 2011 is an excellent opportunity for consumers to visit farms, meet producers expand their awareness of modern production and marketing practices, and learn why we have some of the best food in the world grown right here." said Jennifer MacDonald, chair of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick's Promotion and Relations Committee."

The agriculture and agri-food sector has an important role in the provincial economy, creating jobs and wealth for both rural and urban communities. The sector combines about 2,700 farms and approximately 150 processing plants to produce farm cash receipts of nearly $480 million and processed agri-food products worth over $1 billion.

The sector provides about 5,800 direct jobs in primary production and over 7,000 jobs in secondary packaging and processing activities.

New Brunswick exported nearly $360 million in agricultural products to 88 countries in 2010.

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

A list of Open Farm Day locations in New Brunswick 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

    Jennifer MacDonald
    Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick

    Katharine Sidenius
    New Brunswick Department of Agriculture,
    Aquaculture and Fisheries