When did you last look a goat in the eyes or see how it feels to sit at the wheel of a harvester? You can do just that on Estonia's first ever national Open Farm Day on July 19, when around 150 farms will open their doors to the public. As of today, a web map shows all the farms and agricultural holdings participating in the countrywide event.
"Starting from today, visitors can view all the farms and agricultural holdings taking part in the Open Farm Day on an interactive web map and choose those they would be most interested in visiting in July," Project Manager of the Open Farm Day Karin Volmer said. "The map contains information regarding each participant’s field of activity and contact information; the exact programs will be confirmed by the beginning of July."
The map also lets the users know if specific farms have an option for a tour in English or any other language besides Estonian.
The majority of participants are located in Harju (19), Pärnu (15), Põlva (14), and Lääne-Viru County (14).
Among others, Väätsa Agro, the largest dairy farm complex in Estonia with a herd size of nearly 2,000, Konju Manor farm, the best Estonian organic producer of 2014, Tammejuure farm, the producer of hemp products and the best Estonian organic producer of 2013, Saidafarm, the winner the Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award in 2013, as well as numerous larger and smaller cattle and cereal farmers, horticultural and small-scale producers have confirmed their participation in the Open Farm Day.
"The Open Farm Day allows producers and consumers to get to know each other better – to learn about and showcase rural life and exciting Estonian food products," Volmer said.
On July 19, visitors will have the chance to have a look at large and small farms, as well as see displays of agricultural machinery, various farm animals, and many kinds of agricultural plants in 150 places across Estonia.
The national Open Farm Day is organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Rural Economy Research Centre in cooperation with the farmers unions. The event is funded by the Estonian Rural Development Plan 2014–2020 and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Editor: M. Oll