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Friday, 21 September 2018

Farm day

There is an effort on Prince Edward Island to make children aware of where their food comes from. One of the ways to accomplish this is through Open Farm Days. This year, 28 farms opened their properties to the public for a few hours, to allow people an opportunity to see how their food is produced. We visited Hope River and Kool Breeze farms with our daughter and the grandkids. 


Hope River is a mixed animal farm. It was fun for the kids to see the sheep, 





pigs, ducks,





chickens 





and rabbits. As usual, the pigs were their favourites.





The farm sells it products on site with reasonable rates for pasture raised animals.





Kool Breeze farm and garden center is familiar to the children from their pre-school and family visits there. The farm does a great job every fall decorating and providing a farm-themed playground for kids.





Round and square hay bales make trains, tractors,





stands for slides, and mazes the kids climb through, on and over. Lots of bale characters





line the field as a local musician provides entertainment and a farm tractor pulls visitors around on a tour of the farm. Food, including ice cream, is available.


Farms are an important part of the economy of this island but no matter where you live, your food begins with a farmer. 


Thank you to these hard working people.

35 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Looks like a fun outing. And who DOESN'T love pigs?

DJan said...

The pigs are my favorites, too. That's one reason I stopped eating them! :-)

Anvilcloud said...

It's a good idea, and it seems that the farmers are doing it up right.

Ginnie said...

OMG, yes, Marie. All kids need to see farms as they're growing up...no question about it. I love what they're doing with the bales of hay here. HAHAHA! So fun! We saw so many of them while in England...and now back here in The Netherlands.

Danielle L Zecher said...

The pigs are cute! I've seen a lot of bumper stickers lately with things like "If You've Eaten Today, Thank A Farmer". It is good for people to know where their food comes from, and to have an idea of how much work goes into producing it.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

We have a similar scheme over here. What very sensible children to like pigs best. I worked for several years on a farm with 300 sows and around 3,000 pigs in all!

Mage said...

What a wonderful place, thank you.

William Kendall said...

It is a good idea. City kids often have little experience with the country.

Elephant's Child said...

We ALL need to see farms. And clever fun and whimsy. Huge thanks to farms and farmers, the world over.

Rhodesia said...

What a good idea. I read recently a member of the S.African parliment said what do we need farmers for when we buy all our food from the supermarkets!!! The mind boggles. Have a great weekend. Diane

Joanne Noragon said...

A great venture. In my childhood every trip, even to the dentist, involved sights of farm animals."This little pig..."

bill burke said...

A wonderful event for kids and adults to experience. More farms are doing this so kids will learn where their food comes from. Larry the lamb visited our library last year so the kids could learn about sheep. The kids were fascinated and wanted to pet Larry. Larry had a good hour there with all the attention.

Debbie said...

WoW!!! what a great place!! i really enjoyed all of your pictures!!!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a super way for children to learn where their food comes from Marie. Farmers work so hard and are often not appreciated ✨

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

What fun ! I love the picture of the fat hen and all the displays at the 2nd farm.

Ratty said...

It looks like a fun place to visit, and an excellent teaching idea for the kids. They should do this in every place there are farms.

Marie Smith said...

I love the pigs too!

Marie Smith said...

I wonder at what point the kids will become vegetarians.

Marie Smith said...

The farmers did a great job, AC.

Marie Smith said...

It is amusing what they do with the bales, Ginnie.

Marie Smith said...

I don’t think farmers get many vacations, Danielle.

Marie Smith said...

That must have been a messy job with the pigs, John. Hard work too.

Marie Smith said...

It was a great day, Mage.

Marie Smith said...

The kids on this island should be knowledgeable about the source of their food, William.

Marie Smith said...

If you ate today, thank a farmer, EC. So true, eh?

Marie Smith said...

That guy needs to go to a farm day, Diane.

Marie Smith said...

Sounds like a great childhood to me, Joanne.

Marie Smith said...

Our library holds events with guests to talk to the kids but no animal guests that I know of, Bill. Great idea.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

Farmers here go out of their way to educate islanders, Grace.

Marie Smith said...

The hens there were huge, Ginnie.

Marie Smith said...

The farmers here do a great job informing people of their work, Ratty.

Catarina said...

That was a very educational and fun outing!
I would like to go apple picking this year. Have not done that for a while.
: )

Marie Smith said...

Love the time at the orchard!

baili said...

this is so wise to make children aware where and how our food is produced Marie!

i truly loved the interesting and fun glimpse of farms
i bet kids will never forget these happy informative visit :)