Press Release – For immediate release
FREDERICTON, N.B., September 11th, 2019 – Thousands of people are expected at farms across New Brunswick for Open Farm Day 2019 on Sunday, September 15th, as participating farmers open their doors to the public.
Twenty-nine participating farms located throughout the province will be opening their doors to the public. Visitors of all ages will be able to get up close to farm animals, watch cows being milked, pick fruit, learn how food is produced, learn about farming practices, sample wine, view horseback riding demonstrations, take wagon rides, and even compete in a hay bale throwing competition. Visitors will also see parts of farming that don’t immediately come to mind when they think about agriculture such as new technologies and practices.
• 2019 is the event’s 19th year anniversary.
• The event is organized by the Agricultural Alliance of NB and is kindly sponsored by the province of New Brunswick and Farm Credit Canada.
• There is over 2,200 farm operations in New Brunswick that contributes over $619 million to the provincial economy every year (2016 Census of Agriculture).
• The NB agriculture and agri-food sector employs close to 13,000 people (2016 Census of Agriculture).
“If you’re never visited a farm or if you have questions about the agricultural industry, Open Farm Day is the best time to get to know the farmers who feed our communities. You will get the chance to meet producers, see animals and learn about the quality products New Brunswick has to offer. It’s good, family fun and very educational for people of all ages. Put on your rubber boots and get to know your farmers!” – Christian Michaud, Agricultural Alliance of NB President
“Open Farm Day is a great opportunity for the public to interact with NB farmers and learn more about where our food comes from. Farmers feed our communities and strengthen our rural communities throughout the province. As Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, I invite you to make the effort to visit at least one of the farms who have opened their doors and witness the importance of agriculture and aquaculture to our province. I would like to commend the Agricultural Alliance of NB for continuing this tradition for the 19th year and to the farmers who are participating in Open Farm Day.” – Hon. Ross Wetmore, Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
A list of Open Farm Day locations in New Brunswick is available at: https://www.fermenbfarm.ca/events/open-farm-day/ and more information is available on the Alliance’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FermeNBFarm/.
For more information, media may contact:
Josée Albert, CEO OR
Camille Coulombe, Open Farm Day Co-ordinator
Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick
506-452-8101 e-mail: alliance@fermeNBfarm.ca