2009-02-21

Children’s Day goes country with Federated Farmers Farm Day

“Federated Farmers invites families to celebrate New Zealand’s International Children’s Day by visiting the country for Federated Farmers Farm Day on 1 March,” says Frank Brenmuhl, Federated Farmers vice president.

“This day will be a great opportunity to show children what real farmers do each day, every day of the year. It will be an adventure for the whole family to enjoy. At some host farms, children will learn how cows are milked and crops are harvested. While on other farms, they will discover the different types of sheep that exist. New Zealand’s bees and goats will be on show in some parts of the country as well.

Federated Farmers Farm Day is being held on 27 farms throughout New Zealand. Each host farm will offer fun and safe activities to entertain children of all ages (see below to find out what’s planned in local areas). For parents, it will be a chance to see and experience where their food and fibre comes from. Real farmers will be on hand to guide visitors around the farms and answer any questions people may have.

“From Molesworth Station, the country’s largest working farm, to an organic goat milk farm in the Waikato, Federated Farmers Farm Day has something to offer every family. Families will have the chance to visit dry high country farms or lush frequently flooded paddocks. They can head along to a farm near the city or to some of the most unique farms in the country. The website www.farmday.org.nz provides directions to each farm using GoogleMaps, making it easier for people to find their way to a Federated Farmers Farm Day,” Mr Brenmuhl continued.

“Farms are a fascinating place for children. This is why so many famous children’s stories have been set against a rural background. Federated Farmers Farm Day is a chance to build on these stories so they come alive in the imagination of children,” Mr Brenmuhl concluded.

New Zealand’s International Children’s Day, which coincides with Farm Day on 1 March, is a national event encouraging adults to spend time with children. What better way to spend the day than out on the farm with them?

Below is a list of activities for children to enjoy at each of the 27 Farm Days taking place across the country between 10am and 3pm on Sunday, 1 March.

Visit www.farmday.org.nz to find out more about Federated Farmers Farm Day.

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