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Hundreds connect with farmers on family tour

Hundreds of people spent Sunday touring farms in the Alberni Valley as part of the Family Farms Day put on by parks and recreation.

Hundreds of people spent Sunday touring farms in the Alberni Valley as part of the Family Farms Day put on by parks and recreation.

The high numbers of young people were heartening to farmers like Wayne Smith of Vancouver Island Grain and Milling, and Ann Collins of Arrowvale Farm.

“There were so many kids here; that was the best part,” Smith said. He offered hands-on displays like riding tractors and rolling oats.

Collins figures 500 people visited her farm, many of them  families with children.

“We were just non-stop for the whole time,” she said.

“It was well received and I heard really good reports from it. It’s very educational and we really need that, because there doesn’t seem to be an awareness of agriculture here.”

Karen Freethy from parks and recreation said she was happy to see people visiting multiple farms and buying produce from the farms.

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