On Sunday, September 15th the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture will be hosting the 12th Open Farm Day. This is a fun filled day when farmers across the province open their farms up for tours and learning activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
These Open Farm Days bring the farmer together with the consumer and allow both to understand food needs and where the food comes from. This also allows any young people that may be interested in farming in the future to get a first-hand look at how a farm is run and all the work involved in bringing food to family tables all across the province.
In our area, one of the participating farms is in the River Hebert area. Broadfork Farm is a small scale sustainable farm located at 3630 Boars Back Road. The owners Shannon and Brian will be your hosts for between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Some of the things to see at this farm are: the gardens with vegetables, flowers, and herbs. They are a certified bee friendly farm – so you can see their bee keeping and as well they have heritage-breed laying hens in moveable chicken tractors. If you do not know what a chicken tractor is this is really something to see. You can also go to their website: www.broadforkfarm.com
Another farm in our area is the one operated by Charles Hubbard, whose daughter Fran owns the Art of Eating Deli and uses farm fresh food. This farm is located in Lower Shiminacas. Turn Left off Route 6 and turn right onto Smith Mill Road. Charles will be your host from 1:00 to 5:00. Here you can find out the benefits of rock circles, pyramid structures and dousing.
The third farm in the Linden area is owned by the Angus family and your hosts Wendy and Paul will be available for tours between 11:00 and 6:00. While visiting this farm you can take a guided tour of the facility including seeing cows being milked 24/7 by a robot. They also have pumpkins to pick if ready, a corn maze to explore and offering hay rides at noon, 2:00 and 4:00.
So mark the date on your calendar and go visit a farm near you. There is a website that you can get more information including other participating farms throughout the province. Go to: www.meetyourfarmer.ca
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