Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

September 13, 2010 14:24 ET

You Are Invited to Open Farm Day

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2010) - Thirty-seven New Brunswick farms will open their doors to the public on Sunday, September 19, for the 9th annual Open Farm Day, a Maritime-wide agricultural showcase that lets people learn more about local food production. 

"I encourage people to visit these farms and see for themselves why Canada has earned an international reputation for food quality, safety and innovation," said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "The world-class product is there for everyone to see on the grocery shelf, but it's on the farm where you see the pride, hard work and dedication of our farmers backing that high quality." 

A total of 116 farms in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are participating in this year's Open Farm Day. The event is being supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Sobey's Inc., provincial governments and agriculture awareness committees in the Maritimes.

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

"Producers are excited to showcase their operations," said Jennifer MacDonald, chair of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick's Promotion and Relations Committee. "It is an important relationship for the consumer and the farmer. We both need to understand each other better and Open Farm Day is an excellent opportunity to do that."

The agriculture and agri-food sectors are important components of the provincial economy, generating employment, income and nourishment to both rural and urban communities. The sector combines 2,776 farms and approximately 150 processing plants to produce $1.33 billion worth of agri-food and beverage products.

The sector provides about 6,500 direct jobs in primary production and over 7,000 jobs in secondary packaging and processing activities.

New Brunswick exported $362 million in agricultural products to 83 countries in 2009. 

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 www.fermenbfarm.ca.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059
    or
    Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick
    Jennifer MacDonald
    506-452-8101