Nova Scotians are invited to visit a farm Sunday, Sept. 21, as many across the province open their gates to visitors. As part of Open Farm Day, 51 Nova Scotia operations will allow the public to see demonstrations, go on guided tours, pick local produce, taste wine, and go on wagon rides. Most farms will have local products available to buy. The event, supported by the federal and provincial governments, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, and affiliated commodity groups, aims to raise awareness about local agriculture and the benefits of buying local food. “This is a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to meet with farmers face-to-face,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “I can’t think of a better way to learn about our agricultural industry than by visiting an operation first-hand.” “Open Farm Day is an ideal opportunity to learn about food production in the Atlantic provinces, to see a working farm and talk with the region’s farmers and food producers,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. In Nova Scotia, there are more than 3,900 farms employing about 4,700 people. In 2013, the industry generated $595.4 million in farm cash receipts. Dairy is the top revenue generator, followed by fur and chicken. Eggs, cattle, blueberries, vegetables, floriculture and nursery, Christmas trees and apples each generated more than $10 million in farm-gate revenues in 2013. “Farmers are working hard in this province, maintaining some local food security while providing export opportunities,” said Dennis Boudreau, president Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Open Farm Day is a perfect opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse at their passion and dedication to providing top-quality products and services.” A list of participating Nova Scotia farms, and the hours they will be open, is available at www.meetyourfarmer.ca/openfarmday .