Sept. 15, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The public is invited to meet local food producers and to discover more about where their food comes from when farms across New Brunswick participate in Open Farm Day on Sunday, Sept. 21. The theme this year is, Farmers Feed Communities.
"Open Farm Day is the perfect opportunity for residents of New Brunswick to be made aware of the wide variety of high-quality, nutritious products produced in our very own backyard," said Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette. "I encourage New Brunswickers to participate in this unique event and to support the sustainability of agriculture by buying local agri-food products."
Open Farm Day is supported by the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture; the Sobeys grocery chain; New Brunswick agriculture awareness representatives; and agri-businesses.
"Agricultural producers from all sectors across the province of New Brunswick are opening their doors and inviting the public to visit their farms," said Robert English, president of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick. "The agricultural industry is taking a leadership role in promoting and educating the families of this province about our food and our farms."
The agriculture and agri-food industry in New Brunswick accounts for $450 million in farm cash receipts and close to $1.2 billion in agri-food and beverage products, providing direct employment to more than 13,000 New Brunswickers.
A list of Open Farm Day locations in New Brunswick is available at: www.fermenbfarm.ca.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218; Charline McCoy, Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick, 506-452-8101.