Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust and Westham Island Herb Farm are presenting the seventh annual Day at the Farm community event next month.
The event, which includes many new features this year, takes place at Westham Island Herb Farm (4690 Kirkland Rd.) on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
This is an opportunity to visit a working farm and meet local farmers to hear first-hand about the challenges of growing food and how our farmers combine ingenuity and hard work to be successful.
Meeting farmers in this setting is an excellent way for the public to become more educated, fostering trust and confidence in those who grow our food.
In addition to local famers, there will be interactive displays and presentations as well as the ever-popular hay-wagon farm tours.
Witness the age-old skill of draughthorse ploughing, while the Mobile Dairy Classroom will give live milking demonstrations, showing how dairy farmers manage their herds for milk production 365 days a year, providing yearround access to high quality products like fluid milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream.
Visitors can also roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty at the BC Fresh Potato Dig, where Westham Island Herb Farm has planted 12 rows of potatoes for visitors to dig up their own fresh spuds for a cost of $2 per bag.
Day at the Farm is also an excellent chance to learn about wildlife conservation projects that take place annually on local farms. This year featured displays will be dedicated to DF&WT's stewardship programs.
Local wildlife biologists and naturalists will be on hand to share interesting facts about the migratory birds with which we share the landscape.
No Day at the Farm would be complete without fresh, local food. BC Ag in Classroom will have a team of students preparing tasty samples using ingredients sourced from B.C. farms. White Spot will have its "On the Go" food truck at the event, selling local food, including French fries made from Kennebec potatoes grown right here in Delta.
Sit and enjoy live entertainment at noon. And if you fancy yourself a baker, bake a blueberry pie and enter it in the pie contest. A prize will be awarded to the finest-looking pie.
Visit deltafarmland.ca for more event details.
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