Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 16, 2014 16:19 ET

Open Farm Day an Opportunity for Families to Experience Agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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

At this year's 17 participating farms, families will be able to get close to farm animals, watch cows being milked, pick corn and other vegetables and take wagon rides through fields.

Quick Facts

  • Open Farm Day in Newfoundland and Labrador is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Provincial Department of Natural Resources and Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture.
  • The agriculture industry provides approximately 6,500 jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador and has primary and value-added production worth approximately $500 million.
  • The federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 agreement in Newfoundland and Labrador 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

"Newfoundland and Labrador's agriculture and agrifoods industry provides employment for 6,500 men and women. The industry contributes more than $150 million to the provincial economy and the value of the agrifoods processing sector has reached nearly $500 million per year. Open Farm Day continues to increase consumer awareness of, and demand for, the high-quality produce available in this province.

- The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency

"Open Farm Day provides a tremendous opportunity for the public to get a hands-on look at where their food comes from. It also showcases the hard work and dedication local farmers give to top quality products and services."

- Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture President Eugene Legge

A list of Open Farm Day locations in Newfoundland and Labrador is available at:
http://www.nlfa.ca/#!open-farm-day-2014/cv1j

Contact Information

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

    Lesley Cowan
    Regional Communications, Atlantic Region
    709-772-0461
    709-743-1941
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    Diana Quinton
    Director of Communications
    Department of Natural Resources
    709-729-5282
    709-631-8155

    Matthew Carlson
    Communications
    Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture
    St. John's, NL
    709-747-4830