Nova Scotia farmers open doors to the public for Open Farm Day

The Chronicle Herald
By: Cynthia McMurray
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture
Photo Caption: The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture is again sponsoring Open Farm Day, a day where people can go behind the scenes and see where their food comes from.

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 There will be no question about who left the proverbial barn door open on Sunday, Sept. 17 — it’s Nova Scotia farmers. And it’s certainly not too late to have a look inside. In fact, that’s the point.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA) is once again sponsoring Open Farm Day. Farmers of goods from blueberries, pears and cranberries to beef, poultry and soybeans, and everything in between, will take part in the province-wide event geared to connecting local farmers with the community.

Nova Scotia is home to a uniquely diverse array of farms, due in part to an accommodating climate, but mostly because of a committed group of exceptional growers. On one end of the province you can find Wild Rose Farm in Gilbert’s Cove, which offers a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program that provides a weekly organic veggie share. Members can join and pay for their portion, and then pick up or receive an assortment of in-season produce, preserves, herbs and even teas.

On the other end of the province, people can get up close and personal with alpacas at Mamie's Alpacas in Inverness, or Hampton Farm in Southampton. You can even see some honey bees and an astounding array of natural beeswax candles and honey skincare products at Swinkels Bee Products in Antigonish. You can also get a first-hand look at some incredible bee colonies or how farmers extract and process honey at Wood’n’Hive Honey in Port Williams.

Read the rest of this story and view the photos at The Chronicle Herald.