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Open Farm Day bringing a new appreciation to Manitoba farms


This Sunday was Manitoba Open Farm Day and for the occasion Round The Bend Farm hosted a number of people welcoming them to come visit their farm.
Started by the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies Open Farm Day began to help bring more awareness to the farming field and agriculture helping bring more interest into the occupation.
One of the groups who went to take part in Open Farm Day at Round The Bend Farm was The Pas 4-H Helping Hands Club during which a number of students from 4-H toured the farm.
“They had a really great time, they enjoyed it. The ones that have been here before got to explore a little bit more deeply because they’ve seen it before, this time they got to not just see the outside of the box but they got to go inside the box to see things as well. Then the new kids have that initial thrill of the farm life,” said Cheryl Antonio, Head Leader of The Pas 4-H Helping Hands Club.
Despite the rainy weather that day the kids still enjoyed every part of it.
“The kids do not care about the weather at all; it doesn’t faze a kid one bit. The parents aren’t always dressed as well but the kids are happy and they love the puddles,” said Shawn Sexsmith, who runs Round the Bend Farm alongside his wife Edith Sexsmith.
He also talked about what they have done over the course of Open Farm Day.
“The kids are really interested, they get to hang onto a chicken, they get to collection chicken eggs and I just took some kids out to the pasture and they got to sit on some of the cows. They were sitting on Julius the cow,” said Sexsmith.
While he would like to see more farms taking part in it, it is understandable why they do not given the season.
“It would be nice if they could but it’s understandable why they don’t. It’s a very busy, busy time of year it’s fall, harvest is on,” he added.
For Antonio she enjoyed Open Farm Day and appreciated what it does bringing awareness to an often unsung role in society.
“It’s important for more people to pay attention to agriculture and the agro-field because in less than 30 years they are speculating the planet will not be able to sustain the population of the world and we need more people to become educated and learn how to insure our sustainability though agriculture,” Antonio explained, adding the weather highlights another part of farming, it doesn’t stop just because it’s raining.
Despite the rain, many people attended the local Manitoba Open Farm Day event.

Trevor Wright