2:08 am agriculture
New Brunswick Open Farm Day for 2008 has been scheduled for September 21st, 2008.
Every year in the fall, the NB Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture, along with the agricultural alliance of NB with support from the Sobey’s supermarket chain have an Open Farm Day. In the spirit of Doors Open, this is an opportunity for the public to tour and get a glimpse of operating farms and food related operations. It also allows the public to gain an appreciation for the food chain and how some of the food arrives at the table.
There are several interesting farms which will be opened to visitor for guided tours and open discussions.
A new tour being given this year at Open Farm Days are will be boat tours of salmon aquaculture pens in the Bay of Funday near St. George. The New Brunswick Salmon Growers Association is hosting these tours and there will be two tours departing at 1pm and 3pm. Reservations are available.
Ara-li Acres which is a horse breeding hobby farm north of Sussex. Tours of the farm and of the farm’s Morgan horses will be available to the public.
Waldow Farms Ltd. a dairy farm with 160 milking cows and a total of 360 to 400 animals will be giving tours of their farm and allow the public to watch the cows being milked.
Sussex will have two activities as the Agricultural Museum in Sussex will be giving free museum tours from 12:00 until 4:00 and there will also be New Brunswick beef expo at the Princess Louise Show Centre.
Motts Landing Vineyard will be giving tours of their 6 acre vineyard near Cambridge-Narrows.
Speaking of wine, Magnetic Hill Winery will be giving winery tours as well as conducting sampling sessions.
In Memramcook, the Bourgeois farm will have winery tours as well as have a U-pick operation at its apple and fruit orchard.
Glarro Farm in Petitcodiac will have wagon rides and farm tours of their beef farm
Scott’s Nursery one of the largest nurseries in New Brunswick with over 6 acres of greenhouses will be conducting tours of its operations throughout the day.
Coburn Farms in Keswick will be conducting tours of its egg, grain and cider operations throughout the afternoon.
One of Atlantic Canada’s first certified organic farms Good Spring Farm will have tours of their poultry and vegetable operations.
The Apple Bin is a store located in Keswick Ridge which sells exclusively New Brunswick produce and farm products will have an exhibition on Canadian Heritage apple and potato displays as well as having fresh local produce for sale.
Donnelly Holsteins near Lake George milks 42 Holstein cows and will have tours of the farm as well as walking trails into nearby woods.
Schotanus Farm near Hanwell will have demonstrations on planting tulips as well as honey bees, small fruits and apples.
Everett Orchard in Island View on route 102 is a 7 acres apple orchard which will have a U-Pick opened up for families and the rest of the interested public.
The Double Oord dairy farm in Springfield on route 615 will have tours of its farm as well as milking demonstrations of its 100 head cattle herd.
In Hoyt, New Brunswick (just south of Fredericton on the 101) is Freshet Farms which is a 200 acres dairy farm will have tours. They also have an onsite playground.
There are other farms and food producers involved in Open Farm Day in the Upper Saint John river valley and northern New Brunswick.
For more info, there is a PDF available with a map of locations and more details on each farm at http://fermenbfarm.ca/uploads//Website_Assets/AANB_Map_NB.pdf
The map can also be found at local Sobeys supermarkets in New Brunswick.