Next weekend, the public is invited to a taste of rural living, a chance to get back to the land.
Hodgins Farm near Lenore is part of Open Farm Day, a Canada-wide event held Sunday, Sept. 16. Cameron and Lisa Hodgins will be offering tours, demonstrations and hands-on activities on their small farm, dedicated to unique farming practices designed to improve the health of the land.
Theirs is a mixed farm where you can see pastured pigs and sheep grazing together. Visitors can find out how Cameron has put multi-cropping to work.
Turkeys and chickens are out on pasture, with moveable coops.
There’s no entrance fee.
Featured for lunch, free beef or pork on a bun.
Throughout Manitoba rural families open their yards, offer tours and some sell produce on that Sunday. At Pierson you can tour a bison herd.
Near Medora, at Vanbeselaere Farm you can tour a Burrowing Owl nesting site and explore a burrow using a fibre optic camera.
Open Farm Day has become a yearly fall project thanks to Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies with funding from Manitoba and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
More information, including directions to all 42 Manitoba locations, is available at www.openfarmday.ca