Twenty P.E.I. farms will be open to the public on Sunday, Sept. 15 for Open Farm Day.
“Open Farm Day puts a face on an industry that goes beyond the grocery store,” says federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
“The event showcases Prince Edward Island’s hard-working farm families while giving visitors the chance to learn more about where their food comes from.”
The agriculture and agri-food industry is Prince Edward Island’s leading industry with 1,400 farms employing 4,700 farm workers. In 2012, farm cash receipts totaled $467 million.
P.E.I. Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster says Open Farm Day is an opportunity to build a greater awareness and understanding of the importance of agriculture to the province.
“I encourage everyone to visit the participating farms to see what life is like on a modern farm operation and to meet the people who make their living producing high-quality food.”
A total of 107 farms in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are participating in this year’s Open Farm Day. The event is being supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, provincial governments and agriculture awareness committees in the region.
Julie Mutch, Open Farm Day coordinator for Prince Edward Island, says the day gives the public a chance to get to know their local farmers and to see first-hand the advancements being made in agriculture across P.E.I.
A list of Open Farm Day locations in Prince Edward Island is available at: www.gov.pe.ca/af/openfarmday.