SKOWHEGAN — Plans are under way for the annual “Take Pride In Agriculture Open Farm Day” set for July 11. Host farms again are needed to augment the program’s success, according to Nancy Reitze, project coordinator in Somerset County.
Last year 50 farms drew hundreds of spectators to get a firsthand look at where their food is produced and what goes on at a farm. Farm enterprises such as beef, dairy, sheep, goats, orchard and vegetable producers offered a variety of experiences to the public.
All that is required of a host is to open their farm to the public between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11, and remain on hand to answer questions. Some farms also offer special events, such as barn tours, hay rides and demonstrations, but this is up to the individual host. Some may sell produce such as maple syrup.
Patterned after the state’s successful Maple Sunday open houses, the program is in its fourth year. Starting with a small three-county nucleus in southern Maine, the project spread to eight counties last year.
Anyone interested in serving as a farm host should contact Nancy Reitze at 474-8324.