The first national Open Farm Day will take place today, 19 July, with approximately 150 farms and agricultural companies opening their doors to visitors. This is the biggest event for the promotion of rural life and agriculture ever held in Estonia. The Minister of Rural Affairs, Urmas Kruuse, will open the day by blowing a shepherd’s horn.
During the day, people can visit companies from the largest Estonian dairy producer to a local cider factory, the best organic producers, several big and small animal and grain breeders, gardening farms, fruit and berry growers, herb growers, small processors and tourist farms. Commitment to Estonian food is the common denominator of all the participating companies.
“Local food production is such a big deal that everyone should know, how Estonian food grows,” said the Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse. “The first nationwide Open Farm Day will hopefully be the beginning of a new tradition, which will make the road to the countryside more familiar to Estonian people. Also, every family could have a so-called personal farmer, from whom they could buy ham, honey, potatoes and much more.”
Every company that takes part in the Open Farm Day has its own programme, which can be viewed at www.avatudtalud.ee. The organisers kindly ask all Open Farm Day visitors to follow the instructions of the hosts.
Further information about the Open Farm Day will be published regularly on the event’s Facebook page, where visitors are also invited to upload their photos with the hashtag #avatudtalud.
On Sunday, July 19th, the first national Open Farm Day will take place in Estonia. About 150 Estonian farms and agricultural holdings from the biggest dairy plant to Estonia’s first domestic cider producer will open their doors to visitors.
Minister of Rural Affairs Mr Urmas Kruuse: "Domestic food production is of high value that should be kept and honoured. During the Open Farm Day, visitors will see first-hand, how Estonian food is grown."
Each farm participating in the Open Farm Day will have its own programme which is introduced (in Estonian) on the website www.avatudtalud.ee. The programme includes larger and smaller crop and livestock farms, horticultural farms and even a domestic cider factory.
Project Manager of the Open Farm Day Ms Karin Volmer: "Visitors should get acquainted with the participating farms and their programmes on the web map, select the most exciting places and inform the hosts about the visit, if it has been asked.”
The organisers ask all the visitors of the Open Farm Day to follow the hosts’ instructions.
The first national Open Farm Day will take place on 19 July 2015 with approximately 150 agricultural holdings and farms participating over Estonia. Visitors will have the chance to have a look at large and small farms, try local food, as well as see displays of agricultural machinery, various large and small animals, and many kinds of agricultural plants.
The national Open Farm Day is organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Rural Economy Research Centre in cooperation with the Central Union of Estonian Farmers, the Central Alliance of Estonian Farmers, Järva Development Partners, and South Järva County Partnership. The Open Farm Day is funded by the Estonian Rural Development Plan 2014–2020 and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Estonian biggest farm complex Väätsa Agro with the dairy herd of about 2000 head of cattle, Konju Mõisa Farm, Estonia’s best organic farmer 2014, Tammejuure Farm, the best producer of organic products in 2013, Saidafarm, the Baltic Sea friendly agricultural producer in 2013, several large and small livestock and crop farms, horticultural producers and small processors will participate in the Open Farm Day.
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