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Small Farm Expo approaching

Expo will take place Monday, July 20

By Diego Flammini, Farms.com

Have you been farming for years? Are you a new farmer? Do you wish to one day be a farmer?

Whatever your level of farming experience is, there’s sure to be something for you at the 6th annual Small Farm Expo, scheduled to take place Monday, July 20th at the Bridgewater Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

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The expo will investigate how small-scale farmers use today’s technology, farm business and marketing skills with the traditional farm practices of yesterday.

The expo will also feature a variety of workshops, including:

  • Goats and cheese making
  • Jams and jellies
  • Bread and baking
  • Haskap production
  • Sausage making
  • Garlic 101
  • Heritage livestock
  • Pastured beef
  • Food safety
  • Getting started in organic farming
  • Small-scale beekeeping
  • South-short grape growing

"Farmer-led workshops provide new farmers with a great opportunity to learn from seasoned veterans in the agriculture community,” said Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in a release.” Our Government is proud to partner with the Province to help give Nova Scotia farmers access to the tools they need to grow their business and our overall economy.”

Events like these can help bridge the gap between experienced and beginning farmers, which can help the agriculture industry succeed in the future.

"The type of connections formed at events like this, between experienced farmers and new farmers continue to build our agricultural industry,” said Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This expo creates stronger ties and partnerships in the agriculture community, which is all part of the growth we are seeing in the agricultural sector in Nova Scotia."

Interested parties must register by Saturday, July 18th.

About Nova Scotia agriculture:

  • The industry contributed $595.4 million in 2013, up 2.6% from 2012
  • Dairy, fur and poultry account for about 58% of cash receipts
  • There are approximately 3900 farms in Nova Scotia
  • Primary agriculture employed 5,361 people in 2012
  • Mink is Nova Scotia’s largest export ($124.2 million)
  • International Ag exports are valued around $359 million

Are you going to attend the Small Farm Expo? What kinds of workshops and information are you looking forward to?

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