The fifth Estonian Open Farm Day will be held on 21 July and, currently, 302 farms have announced their participation. Last year, 296 farms participated at the Open Farm Day.
This year, Harjumaa (45) has the largest number of participating farms, but there will be a number of farms open in other counties as well, for example, in Pärnumaa (42) and Saaremaa (32). Over half of all the farms are prepared to welcome visitors already on 20 July, but all farms will be open on Sunday, 21 July.
From July, Open Farm Day paper maps will be available all over Estonia, identifying the open farms, the days when specific farms will be open, and their primary activities. The maps will be available at Alexela and Circle K gas stations, and Selver shops all across Estonia, as well as in Elron trains. The maps may also be found from different tourist information centres and the administration desk of the Ministry of Rural Affairs. An Open Farm Day tent will also be put up at the Estonian food section of the Song Festival, where the paper maps will be available to all visitors.
In addition to the paper maps, the Open Farms are also represented in two mobile applications. The Open Farm Day cooperates with the NaviCup navigation application, which is also this year’s official mobile application of the Song and Dance Festival, and the GoInvite application, a participant of the Ajujaht competition, where farms can enter their programmes and events.
This year, the opening event of the Open Farm Day is the Porthos the Rooster tour across Estonia. The discoveries and entertaining ideas of Porthos can be followed on his Instagram account @kukkporthos.
The Open Farm Day has partnered with Maaleht, the official media partner of the event, and TV3 who will guide people in the colourful and diverse selection of farms.
More information on the participants of the Open Farm Day is available at www.avatudtalud.ee. In addition, the Ministry of Rural Affairs has created a Facebook event for sharing up-to-date information about the event.
The Estonian Open Farm Day is organised by the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the Agricultural Research Centre, the Estonian Farmers Federation, and the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce. The Open Farm Day initiative is funded from the Estonian Rural Development Plan for 2014–2020 and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.