With the school holidays approaching, farmers across the state have thrown open their gates as part of the NSW Department of Primary Industries Visit My Farm initiative.
DPI Manager Business & Social Resilience Programs, Sonia Muir said spring is a wonderful time to bring urban and farming communities together and to take advantage of the Visit My Farm agri-tourism trial.
“There is always a lot of exciting things happening on a farm during spring, making these school holidays the ideal time to consider visiting a farm for a day, a morning or an hour,” Ms Muir said.
“Visit My Farm not only helps people to connect with a farmer, it can help connect people with where their food comes from and how it is produced.
“Some farmers are looking to add diversity to their farming operations and are keen to provide a window into farm life so people better understand what farmers do.”
Ms Muir said the Visit My Farm new online platform provides an easy way for people to meet and chat with a farmer and the gorgeous photo gallery shows what happens on a working farm and how people can learn about agriculture.
“Depending on the farm, visitors can do things like pat an alpaca or a calf, feed the baby lambs, pick fresh fruit or watch a cow being milked,” Ms Muir said.
“Spring is a lovely time of the year to be outdoors, cultivate your senses or enjoy an old-fashioned morning tea in a beautiful rural environment.
“The Visit My Farm website provides farm profiles on over sixty host farms located across the state for visitors to see what farm experiences are available to them.”
Julie Steepe from Lucy Land Farm at Bulahdelah said that she wanted to be part of visit my farm so she can show the community what is involved in making ethical and holistic food, so the community knows they have a choice to support the farmer directly and give the community a chance to ask the farmer questions personally.
The Visit My Farm platform lets people simply search and book for their unique farm experience.
Source: NSW DPI