Visitors encouraged to visit farms on Open Farm Day
PUGWASH The barn doors are being thrown open to the public at three Cumberland County farms as the province prepares to celebrate Open Farm Day.
PUGWASH The barn doors are being thrown open to the public at three Cumberland County farms as the province prepares to celebrate Open Farm Day. This is a great opportunity for people to see what we do, says Pugwash-area farmer John Duynisveld. This is fun for the kids and informative for adults. Duynisveld, who had taken part in the program since it began five years ago, says the event gets bigger every year. The farms do all kids of different activities and demonstations, he said. At ours we have a goat milking demonstation while some others offer samples of their products. The big thing is people can see how our products are raised and experience it first-hand. Open Farm Day is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23. Agriculture has an important role in providing us with the foods and products we use every day, yet many of us dont have the opportunity to visit a farm to see how it all works, said Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor. Farmers feed us all, and this is a great opportunity to enjoy local produce and thank a farmer. Last year, more than 9,500 visitors took advantage of Open Farm Day. This year, 40 farms will participate in the event. firstname.lastname@example.org Straitside Holsteins Type: Dairy. Tie stall barn for approximately 40 milking cows. New freestall for heifers and dry cows, harvest forage and grain crops. Hosts: Keith, Joan and Kara Irving Civic Address: 747 Gulf Shore Road, Pugwash County: Cumberland Directions: 1.5 miles from town of Pugwash on the scenic diversion of Sunrise Trail, Gulf Shore Road. Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Holdanca Farms Type: Free range chicken, turkey, beef, pigs and goats. Hosts: John Duynisveld and family Civic Address: 12628 Hwy #6 County: Cumberland Directions: On Hwy 6 between Wallace and Pugwash. Farm sign by road. Hours: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Activities: Come herd the turkeys and milk the goats. Free range beef, chicken, pork, and turkey for sale. Jost Vineyards Type: Winery/Vineyards Hosts: Karen and Hans Christian Jost Civic Address: 48 Vintage Lane, Malagash County: Cumberland Directions: Between Tatamagouche and Pugwash, off Route 6 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; events from noon to 3 p.m. Activities: Free tours at noon and 3:00 pm. Complimentary wine tasting.