3 Dec 2009

Farm open days on again next year

4:32 pm on 3 December 2009

Farmers around the country will be opening their gates to the public again for a day next year.

Federated Farmers has decided to continue with a national farm open day after the successful launch of the scheme this year.

So far, 18 farmers and growers have volunteered to host the event in their district, but the federation is still looking for farms in some areas, including the West Coast and the Wellington district.

The aim is to get host farms close to main centres so that more townsfolk will be encouraged to take a look.

One of the organisers, Federated Farmers' provincial communications co-ordinator Ali Undorf-Lay, says they'll be making some changes to the way the open day is run next year.

Guided farm walks had proved too long for some, she says, especially small children; and more activities like gumboot-throwing are being considered.

Next year's open day will also run a bit later, at the end of March instead of the beginning. MAF's sustainable farming fund supports the programme.