Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 12, 2011 11:08 ET

Open Farm Day Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary-You Are Invited

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2011) - 26 Prince Edward Island 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."

"Open Farm Day is an opportunity to celebrate the dedication and hard work of our Island farms and recognize the diversity of products, services and producers we have in the province," said Prince Edward Island Agriculture Minister George Webster.

The agriculture and food industry is the leading industry in Prince Edward Island. It accounts for roughly one in every four jobs in the province. Prince Edward Island farm cash receipts for 2011 are forecast to be more than $450 million

A total of 136 farms in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador 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 "The Old Days Build New Ways."

"Open Farm Day is a fun and interactive way for families to meet our farmers and learn about food production," said Amanda Walsh, coordinator of Open Farm Day on Prince Edward Island.

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

A list of Open Farm Day locations in Prince Edward Island is available at:

Contact Information

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

    Alf Blanchard
    P.E.I. Department of Agriculture

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

    Amanda Walsh
    P.E.I. Open Farm Day Coordinator