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South Shore farmers open doors to public

Watershed Farm Owner Camelia Frieberg and employee Josh Heard get ready for Open Farm Day on Sept. 16.
Watershed Farm Owner Camelia Frieberg and employee Josh Heard get ready for Open Farm Day on Sept. 16. - Lisa J. Ernst

South Shore farmers will be opening their doors to the community for Open Farm Day on Sept. 16.

Katherine Doyle, member engagement co-ordinator for the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, explains that this annual Atlantic-wide initiative provides an opportunity for people to meet their local farmers and learn about everything from food production to raising alpacas.

For Melissa Mersey of LaHave River Berry Farm, she shares the warm and welcoming sentiments of local farmers.

“We are looking forward to Open Farm Day, seeing new and familiar faces, answering questions and showing people around our farm. It’s great that people can learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown,” says Mersey.

As of Aug. 31, 36 farms were registered throughout Nova Scotia — an increase from last year. Participating farms along the South Shore include:

  • Kleiner Farms, Yarmouth: Pasture-based meat.
  • Maplewood Maple Syrup & Christmas Tree Farm, Maplewood: Maple syrup, Christmas trees, woodlot management.
  • Lunenburg County Winery at Hackmatack Farm, Newburne: Blueberries, vineyards.
  • Watershed Farm, Baker Settlement: Vegetables, fruit, nuts, herbs, flowers, poultry, bees.
  • Indian Garden Farms, Hebbville: Vegetables, berries, fruit, flowers.
  • LaHave River Berry Farm Inc., Middle LaHave: Berries, produce, flowers, plants.
  • Terra Beata Farms, Heckman’s Island: Cranberries.
  • Meister Field and Forest Ltd., New Ross: Beef, produce, forestry.

A passion for farming and a strong work ethic are evident as you talk with your local farmers. Les Southwell, of Lunenburg County Winery is proof of this dedication. Southwell, who is in his 90s, is proud to continue working every day.

At Watershed Farm, owner Camelia Frieberg and Josh Heard, a ‘WWOOFer’ with Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, are expecting many visitors on Open Farm Day.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming people. We always learn a lot. It’s a great exchange,” says Frieberg.

Farmer Glen of Indian Garden Farms agrees that his family enjoys opening their farm up to the public.

They begin preparations in August with their hay bale creations and are known for their popular wagon rides, petting zoo and corn maze.

With a wide range of farm options to explore, there will be lots to see and do this Open Farm Day. Activities will vary by farm, with tours and demonstrations, wagon rides and food samplings, just to name a few educational and fun activities that await everyone of all ages.

For directions, times and activities, visit the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture website at www.meetyourfarmer.ca/openfarmday/participating-farms/.

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