On July 19 the first national Open Farm Day is to take place, where more than 100 farms and agricultural producers across Estonia are open to receive visitors.
“One really has to drive to the countryside to find proper food and that is why many farms will open their doors to the public this summer,” said Minister of Agriculture Ivari Padar. “There hasn’t been an event of such scale to promote agriculture and rural life in Estonia before.”
According to Padar, this day could mark the mutual respect of producers and the Estonian people. “National food production is of great value to any state, which is surely appreciated by any food lover. Equally, the farmers find the domestic consumer the most important. We hope that during the Open Farm Day people will reconnect with rural life,” he said.
On the first national Open Farm Day on July 19 the visitors will be able to see large and small farms, exciting agricultural technology, various animals and plants. It will be possible to taste real farm food and buy local produce. Each farm has its own program, displaying the farm’s particularities.
The initiative of the national Open Farm Day was born from cooperation with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Rural Economy Research Centre and Järvamaa Avatud Talud.
Open Farm Days are organised in many countries across the world, including Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Canada, the USA, and many others. Open farm days in Estonia have so far been organised in Järva and Saare Counties and Pandivere.
Editor: M. Oll