Families come out for farm day

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AMHERST – Most people in Cumberland County drive past farms everyday without giving them a second glance but that wasn’t the case on Sunday.

AMHERST – Most people in Cumberland County drive past farms everyday without giving them a second glance but that wasn’t the case on Sunday.

“We’ve had more than 100 people drop by today,” said Wendy Angus, a farmer at the Ridgewood Ayrshire Dairy Farm in Linden. “It’s more than we expected, so we’re very happy with the turnout.”

Fifty farms across Nova Scotia took part in Open Farm Day on Sunday, giving people the chance to meet farmers like Wendy and Paul Angus.

This was the first year the Angus’ took part in Open Farm Day and they had rabbits, sheep and cows for kids to look at and pet, plus a bouncy castle, a U-pick pumpkin patch and a corn maze families could walk through.

“The maze is 7.2 acres,” said Wendy. “The corn grew and then we went in with a GPS and mapped it out, and then we went in with the bush cutter.”

Besides being an opportunity for kids to have fun it was also an opportunity for kids to learn about where their food comes from.

They could watch as cows lined up behind one another and waited their turn to walk into a stall and be milked automatically by a robot.

“I hope people, especially the kids, learn something agriculturally related from the questions they ask or the information we provide,” said Wendy. “They can learn that cows actually give milk. It doesn’t just land on the grocery shelf.”

Wendy said a lot of people don’t know where their food comes from nowadays.

“There’s too many people too far removed from agriculture,” she said.

The Angus’ have three grown children, 26-year-old Melanie, 23-year-old Krista, and 20-year-old Daniel.

All three of the Angus kids grew up on the farm and went through the 4-H Club program.

“Living on a farm is a good way to bring kids up,” said Wendy.

The farming lifestyle can be rewarding but, financially, it has its challenges.

“The prices of our fertilizer, fuel and electricity has, as everybody knows, gone up but we don’t get anymore (money) for our milk,” she said “We have no choice but to pay more for our electricity and fuel but people don’t want to pay more for their dairy products. It’s just the way it is.”

This is the first year the Angus’ have opened the corn maze.

“We’re open Thursday’s to Sunday’s from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday nights in October we’re doing flashlight nights every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.”

They’re also hosting a haunted maze every Friday and Saturday night in October.

“It’s a path struck out in the maze and it’s going to be haunted. There will be four buildings, so it’s going to be a haunted house and haunted maze combined,” said Wendy. “There’s nothing like this in this local area, so we thought we’d give it a try.”

The Ridgewood Ayrshire Dairy Farm is located at 246 West Linden Road.

 

Organizations: Ridgewood Ayrshire Dairy Farm, 4-H Club

Geographic location: Linden, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia Ayrshire

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