Take a tour of a real working farm to see where your food comes from.
Open Farm Day - Sunday September 20, 2015
Get family and friends together and head out to experience a fun farm adventure. Meet local farmers, learn more about farm products, watch demonstrations, enjoy recreational activities and ask questions about farm life.
The University of Manitoba Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre
Research Station Road off Hwy. 75
The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is the first hands-on facility which will explore the ways in which food is made in Canada. The centre is located at the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment, at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station.
Exciting and interactive exhibits lead visitors from the farmer’s wheat field to the kitchen table. A highlight of these exhibits are viewing windows into real working pig barn, where visitors will peek into a day in the life of a pig.
For more information, visit www.ffdc.ca
Canola Learning Centre
Tour after seeding or after harvest, ride through the many demonstration crops and learn about weeds, insects, soil, and seeds. It is strictly a grain research farm including crops such as canola, wheat, barley, flax, oats, soya beans, corn, etc. Leanne has many fascinating student activities, and provides a lot of background teacher information. School tours run through the months of May and June. Summer tours are held for daycare centers and youth groups in July and August. The tours are free.
For more information, visit http://www.mcgacanola.org/par_teachers_CLC.cfm
Henry and Laura Holtman
Come and tour a 400 cow modern dairy barn, see a milking demonstration, visit the calf barn. Call in advance to arrange a tour. Tours are free.
James Farm Ltd.
Learn about how grains and oilseeds are produced. Tour their on-farm custom seed cleaning plant.
For more information visit, http://www.jamesfarms.com
Betty Kehler and Bob Pizey
Visit this enthusiastic pair of organic farmers, who will show you around the apple orchards, strawberry fields and asparagus plots. Learn about organic farming methods, composting, and how geese weed the strawberry beds. Call in advance, availability varies.
Carman Reasearch Station
This University of Manitoba research station does extensive crop trials on all varieties of grains, oilseeds, and forages. Come learn about the research conducted here to discover better varieties and planting methods to increase production and sustainability.
Sage Garden Herbs
David has a greenhouse business where he grows things such as herbs, exotic plants, etc. Come visit the 6000-foot greenhouse to learn about the wonders of herbs. Please give plenty of advance notice, year round tours available. David also gives workshops. Tour costs depends on the needs of the group.
Connery's Riverdale Farms
Portage La Prairie, MB
This large farm of over 650 acres produces carrots, cooking onions, green onions, asparagus, broccoli, and strawberries. The tours run year round. View the planting operations and asparagus in May and June, harvesting in September and October, or the storage, warehousing and shipping of root crops during the winter months. There is no charge for their tours.
Interlake Potato Farms Ltd.
This large potato farm welcomes tours; during winter months, see the storage and warehousing side of the business.
Jeffries Brothers Vegetable Growers Inc.
Portage La Prairie, MB
The Jeffries farm has a large operation featuring carrots, parsnips, turnips, cucumbers, zuchini, and squash. Come and see harvesting during the busy months of September and October, or visit during the winter months to see the impressive packaging and warehousing aspect of the business.
Misty River Ranch
The Thornhill Family
Ile des Chenes, MB
A working farm specializing in sheep, horses, grain and hay. Youngsters can bottle feed lambs, see a sheep being shorn, or have a ride on a pony. There are a lot of other animals, and older students can learn about the breeding, feeding and care of the flock of sheep. Picnic area and playground.
For more information visit, http://www.mistyriverranch.com
Six Pines Farm Tours
James and Judy Thevenot
The tours feature hands on experiences with small farm animals, a playground, and horse rides. The tours are run all year round. Charge for tours depends on the group and what you are there to do.
For more information, visit www.sixpines.mb.ca
Morning Sound Farm
Chuck & Danea Lawrenson
Morning Sound Farm is a family farm that gives an informative, hands-on tour tailored to the age of your students. You can pick up baby animals, try milking a goat, see a sheep being sheared, take a hayride in the pasture to see the cattle herds up close, take a pony ride, see cattle handling facilities, watch the chickens, and ask the farmers any questions you may have.
For more information, view www.morningsoundfarm.com