Nova Scotia farmers will welcome visitors on annual Open Farm Day, Sunday, Sept. 21. “This day provides a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to visit a local farm, talk to the farmer, and better understand the importance of supporting our agricultural community by selecting local food products,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. Nova Scotia farms generate more than $454 million in revenue each year. “Our agriculture sector provides consumers with safe, high quality food. Farmers also work hard to reduce their impact on the environment by participating in the environmental farm plan program,” said Mr. Taylor. “Open Farm Day is one way we can show support for the farmers who feed us all.” The province’s largest farm sectors are dairy, horticulture, poultry and eggs, and livestock. “Open Farm Day is a great day for families to visit their local farms and learn more about where our food comes from,” said Beth Densmore, co-chair of the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee. “Each farm will offer visitors a different view of agriculture in Nova Scotia.” Last year, 40 farms and almost 10,000 visitors took part in the Open Farm Day activities. This year, 50 farms will participate in the event which is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee, and Sobeys Inc. A map and list of participating farms are available at Sobeys, Price Chopper and Foodland stores. Information is also available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri .
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